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Brake Check provides alignment services Car, Truck, and front end with the latest equipment available. This ensures that you auto will be working at optimum performance

Alignments

Free Quick Check

Most people don't think about their alignment until they feel a pull, but just because you're car is not pulling does not mean your car is not out of alignment. In many cases, a camber issue will cause a pull but a toe issue may not. The alignment of your vehicle is the placement of the wheels in correlation to the body and axles. This placement can be misaligned by simply hitting a pothole, bumping a curb or getting an accident.

Neglecting the alignment of your vehicle can lead to possible future issues. If you don't maintain the alignment, you can expect the life of your tires to wear quicker, unsafe vehicle handling, and a loss in gas mileage. Regular maintenance of your vehicle's alignment will make for a safer driving condition. Come on into Brake Check where we can check your alignment for free and complete a full inspection of your front-end.

Lifetime Alignment Warranty

The great thing about getting all your automotive services done at Brake Check is that you can save time and money with our lifetime warranties. With the Lifetime Alignment service, you pay for the alignment once and then you can have your vehicle checked and aligned each time you come in. We recommend an alignment check at every oil change to help save the life of your tires.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What kind of equipment do you use?

At Brake Check, we use Hunter alignment equipment at all our shops. Our new QuickCheck machines, available at some stores, make it quick and easy to check your alignment and give you a report on all four wheels. Check out this video to see how it works.

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What is caster, camber and toe?

The inclusive term "wheel alignment" involves three main measurements — caster, camber, and toe. These measurements have standards that a technician uses as targets of adjustment.

  • Caster is the tilting of the uppermost point of the steering axis either forward or backward (when viewed from the side of the vehicle). A backward tilt is positive (+) and a forward tilt is negative (-). Caster influences directional control of the steering but does not affect the tire wear and is not adjustable on this vehicle. Caster is affected by the vehicle height, therefore it is important to keep the body at its designed height. Overloading the vehicle or a weak or sagging rear spring will affect caster. When the rear of the vehicle is lower than its designated trim height, the front suspension moves to a more positive caster. If the rear of the vehicle is higher than its designated trim height, the front suspension moves to a less positive caster. With too little positive caster, steering may be touchy at high speed and wheel returnability may be diminished when coming out of a turn. If one wheel has more positive caster than the other, that wheel will pull toward the center of the vehicle. This condition will cause the vehicle to pull or lead to the side with the least amount of positive caster.
  • Camber is the tilting of the wheels from the vertical when viewed from the front of the vehicle. When the wheels tilt outward at the top, the camber is positive (+). When the wheel tilts inward at the top, the camber is negative (-). The amount of tilt is measured in degrees from the vertical. Camber settings influence the directional control and the tire wear. Too much positive camber will result in premature wear on the outside of the tire and cause excessive wear on the suspension parts. Too much negative camber will result in premature wear on the inside of the tire and cause excessive wear on the suspension parts. Unequal side–to–side camber of 1° or more will cause the vehicle to pull or lead to the side with the most positive camber.
  • Toe is a measurement of how much the front and/or rear wheels are turned in or out from a straight-ahead position. When the wheels are turned in, toe is positive (+). When the wheels are turned out, toe is negative (-). The actual amount of toe is normally only a fraction of a degree. The purpose of toe is to ensure that the wheels roll parallel. Toe also serves to offset the small deflections of the wheel support system that occur when the vehicle is rolling forward. In other words, with the vehicle standing still and the wheels set with toe-in, the wheels tend to roll parallel on the road when the vehicle is moving. Improper toe adjustment will cause premature tire wear and cause steering instability.
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How does my car's alignment affect my tires?

When tires are misaligned, they wear out unevenly relative to each other and within each tire's own tread. The tires will also likely show a rough and slightly torn appearance. When tires wear unevenly, their life span is shortened. Since the tires won't wear as long, you'll have to replace them more often, which can get expensive. More importantly, bad tread on your tires means poor traction when you drive. Having bad tire traction affects your car's ability to stop under all circumstances and it can increase the danger of bad driving conditions if there's mud or snow on the ground.

Also, tires with uneven wear won't handle as well as other tires.

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Could my alignment be off if I don't feel a pull?

Yes. Here are some other common signs that you are dealing with wheels with poor alignment:

  • Uneven or rapid tire wear
  • Your steering wheel is crooked when driving straight

I've got a vibration in my steering wheel. Is that related to my car's alignment?

Yes, shaking could occur from camber being offset. Keep in mind that a shaking steering wheel could also indicate there are also issues with rotors and tires.

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Now that it's fixed, how do I prevent my alignment from going out again?

Replace wearable parts. As a car ages, the suspension's springs will wear out and cause the vehicle to sag. These worn springs can throw off the vehicle's alignment. Other worn suspension parts, such as the various sockets or joints found on the underside of the vehicle, can affect a vehicle's alignment. These worn parts change the way the suspension affects the tire's positions as the vehicle travels down the road.

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