Maintaining proper wheel alignment is essential to maintaining safety on the road, ensures tire treads do not wear prematurely, and extends the life of your tires. Regardless what the age of your vehicle is, after so many miles on the road, it’s necessary to have a wheel alignment to keep you, your passengers, and your vehicle out of harm’s way. Let Sun Auto Service help keep you safe!
Why Wheel Alignments Are Important
Understanding how important a wheel alignment is for your vehicle will help you see the benefits of having it done on a regular basis. The more you drive your vehicle, the more contact your wheels have with the road. Since your wheels are constantly exposed to road conditions, such as pot holes, speed bumps, etc., plus the weight of your vehicle, the components of the suspension system, which provide support and help to steer and maneuver, are subject to significant wear and tear.
Components That Affect Wheel Alignment
When any of the components in your vehicle’s suspension system begin to age or degrade, repairs, replacements, and/or a wheel alignment may be necessary to restore proper function. The three major components involved with wheel alignment are:
1) Camber: The camber of your wheels can be either positive or negative. The polarity is determined by measuring the angle that exists between the vertical alignment perpendicular to the wheel’s surface. When the top of a tire leans inward, its camber is negative. When the top of the tire leans outward, it is positive. When the camber is closer to zero, tire wear is more evenly distributed and traction is greater.
2) Caster: The caster is the angle created by the steering pivot and the wheel. When the caster is angled in front of the wheel, it is considered positive; if it is in back of the wheel, it is negative. The more positive a caster is, the more stable it is at high speeds.
3) Toe-In: The toe-in of a vehicle is the angle you see when looking down on your vehicle from an upward viewpoint, when the wheels are pointed inwards and outwards to each other. Ensuring your vehicle has the right toe-in is crucial to extending tire tread life.
When any of these three angles or settings are off track, it can result in less traction, decreased stability, reduced steering control, and faster wear on your tires. There is also a potential for risking damage to your vehicle or yourself when driving on less-than-ideal road conditions.
Get a Free Wheel Alignment Inspection
Let Sun Auto Service show you how your car is supposed to feel when driving on the road. Stop by our facility for a free wheel inspection today.