Tire & Wheel Alignment
*Alignment services available at select locations. Contact your nearest store to find out if the service is offered!
Out-of-Alignment vehicles make driving:
- More expensive
- More dangerous
Driving without proper alignment costs you money. Not only does flawed alignment decrease gas mileage and tire life, but it also adds stress to your vehicle's steering equipment and structure. Ideally, your vehicle's wheels should run perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. Adjusting these wheel angles brings your vehicle back into proper alignment.
Driving without proper alignment puts you at risk. An out-of-alignment vehicle pulls and drifts from a straight road, and may even cause an accident. Excessive tire wear - another result of poor alignment - leads to poor traction and even tire blowouts. Bring in your vehicle to any of our locations and our alignment experts will make sure your vehicle drives smoothly and safely.
How does poor alignment happen?
Many factors impact your vehicle's alignment. You typically need alignment service after even a minor collision, and certainly after a major collision, as those result in physical damage to your vehicle's frame.
Your vehicle needs immediate attention when you notice steering problems or uneven wear patterns on your tires. Problems can arise from something as small as driving over a pothole, or grazing over a curb.
What are the symptoms of wheels out of alignment?
Caster: A faulty caster angle causes loose or difficult steering. Caster describes the steering pivot angle, as seen from the vehicle's side, measured in degrees. Caster alignment plays a large role in evaluating the "feel" of steering and stability. Three to five degrees of positive caster is typical for most vehicles and lower angles for heavier vehicles.
Camber: A faulty camber angle will create pulling and tire wear. Camber is the angle of the wheel in relation to a vertical direction (seen from the front or rear of the vehicle). A negative camber measurement occurs when a wheel leans toward the vehicle's framework; a positive measurement points the wheel away from the vehicle. An ideal camber angle assures optimal tire efficiency, proper steering control, and helps prevent rolling.
Toe: A faulty toe angle will wear down your tires. Like camber and caster, toe is measured by degrees. When your front or rear wheels have front edges pointed toward each other, the pair is called "toe-ins." If the front edges point away from each other, the pair is called "toe-outs."
Vehicles with proper wheel alignment will have:
- Longer-lasting tires
- Easier steering
- Improved gas mileage
- Smoother ride
- Safer, more secure driving