When you live in or around in the Twin Cities metro area, potholes and rough roads are a necessary evil, especially during the winter months. All of that tough driving can take its toll on your vehicle, leaving your car in less than its best condition. And unfortunately, driving with poor alignment can lead to a whole host of problems that end up costing you or even shortening the lifespan of your vehicle if they’re not addressed.
In this post from Suburban Auto Body, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about car alignment. To schedule your alignment, call our auto body and repair technicians today.
Understanding Car Alignment
You may have heard a few phrases used to describe car alignment. Car alignment is also sometimes referred to as wheel alignment or tire alignment, but it’s actually the tire angle that gets aligned. When your tires have been properly aligned, it improves your vehicle’s handling and helps with tire performance and wear.
These are some common signs your vehicle is out of alignment:
● Your car is pulling in one direction, especially when you take your hands off the wheel.
● Your steering wheel is vibrating.
● Your tires have uneven wear on the tread.
Having your car aligned will help make sure your tires last longer and make driving your car safer and easier than with a misaligned vehicle.
Types Of Alignment
There are a few types of alignment, and an automotive mechanic will know which one is right for your vehicle. A front-end alignment is a basic alignment that adjusts the front axle, whereas a thrust alignment aligns the front wheels to the vehicle’s rear axle. Finally, a four-wheel alignment is used for 4-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive vehicles and may include a toe and camber adjustment. It may also be used for front-wheel drive vehicles with independent rear suspensions.
During your alignment, a technician will check the following:
● Camber Alignment: Camber alignment refers to a tire’s outward tilt or inward tilt, referred to as either positive camber or negative camber. Too much of either an inward or outward tilt requires adjustment. Camber misalignment can be partly due to problems with your suspension, ball joints, or bearings. Your technician can let you know if your vehicle needs additional work.
● Toe Alignment: Toe alignment refers to tire tilt outward or inward when looking down at them the same way your feet would angle outward or inward if you angled your toes.
● Caster Angle: Caster angle refers to your car’s top-to-bottom steering axis from the pivot point of the strut mount on most vehicles. Caster alignment helps with your car’s self-centering, making it essential for driving stability and cornering.
Schedule Your Twin Cities Car Alignment
Driving with poor alignment during the winter months makes driving more difficult and can even create a safety hazard. Don’t take a chance with poor alignment when an alignment can be done quickly and affordably. To schedule yours, call Suburban Auto Body at 651-633-8900 or contact us online to get a free quote.