Auto Repair Services

Wheel Alignment

If you want your tires to last as long as the rubber holds, it’s critical that you keep your wheels in alignment.

Auto Repair Services

Wheel Alignment

If you want your tires to last as long as the rubber holds, it’s critical that you keep your wheels in alignment.

Wheel Alignment Services

If you want your tires to last as long as the rubber holds, it’s critical that you keep your wheels in alignment. Getting an alignment involves adjusting a vehicle’s steering and suspension system which connects the car to the wheels. This does not refer to adjusting the tires or wheels. Alignment is crucial to keeping a vehicle driving straight on a road and prevents veering from one side or another. 

Not sure if you need your wheels aligned? Will’s Auto Service can confirm and provide you with wheel alignment services.

Our expert technicians will test drive your vehicle to ensure all the work is done properly and everything is in. Just remember, you can request a brake check when you come for routine car maintenance or repair and get peace of mind you’re safe on the road. 

When Do I Need a Wheel Alignment?

Most people think they only need a wheel alignment if they feel their car pulling to one side or another. Perhaps, but it isn’t always the case. It is rare that wear-related misalignment results in a physical pull on a vehicle.

Most people think they only need a wheel alignment if they feel their car pulling to one side or another. Perhaps, but it isn’t always the case. It is rare that wear-related misalignment results in a physical pull on a vehicle.

It’s always best to have a qualified professional tend to your wheel alignment to be certain there is an issue. When a vehicle is out of alignment, you may see signs of:

  • Adverse tire wear
  • Pulling to one side or another when driving
  • Crooked steering wheel
  • Poor handling while braking and cornering

Getting your vehicle back on track

There are a number of things the Will’s Auto Repair experts can do to get your car, truck or SUV back in alignment and on the road. Get peace of mind and have a technician perform an alignment check.

  • Inspection of vehicle suspension and steering systems including tire pressure and tire condition
  • Measure current alignment settings with laser sensors while on an alignment rack
  • Consult on conditions and how to proceed with your vehicle’s specific issue.
  • Test drive the vehicle to ensure alignment issues are resolved.
  • Provide tips and devise a plan for keeping your vehicle in alignment

What is involved in wheel alignment?

There are three main angles measured by an alignment check. Camber, caster, and toe.

Camber
Viewed from the front of the vehicle, camber is the inward or outward angle of the tires. When this angle is too far outside manufacturer specifications, the vehicle can sometimes pull to one side and cause premature edge wear on one side of the tire tread that makes more contact with the ground than the other side.

Caster
Viewed from the side of the vehicle, caster is the angle of the tire towards the front or rear. Typically, there will not be adverse wear on the tire the angle is out of specification, but there will be a noticeable pull.

Toe
Viewed from above the vehicle, toe is the inward or outward angle of the tires. As one of the most common angles in need of an adjustment, toe angle misalignment will cause adverse tire wear, but not a pull. It is the easiest angle to “knock out” of spec due to things like hitting a pothole, curb or other object.

Wheel Alignment FAQs

Not exactly. Toe angle misalignment is most commonly kind of misalignment and you might not notice any pull. However, your tires will definitely wear unevenly and cause a domino effect with maintenance. Have Will’s Auto Repair perform an alignment check to ensure your vehicle is within the manufacturer’s specifications.

It is a definite possibility, but it is always best to have a technician have a look first. There are a variety of reasons why a vehicle might pull to one side. There could be an issue with radial or lateral pull from tires that impacts steering. It’s even possible that braking issues could cause the vehicle to pull as well. Will’s Auto Repair experts will get to the root of the issue and keep you on the right track to solving the problem.

Rough road conditions are the most common cause of vehicle alignment issues. Running over potholes, debris, or hitting the curb are a few examples. Also, if a vehicle drives off-road, they are more susceptible to misalignment and wear and tear of steering components (that do lead to misalignment).

It all depends. Alignment technology, specifications, and equipment have come a long way. The latest computerized technology implements a much tighter alignment specification which will affect pulls, ease/difficulty of steering, and more. Without the proper equipment and knowledge, you may not be getting a quality vehicle alignment.

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