When all of a vehicle’s wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Hitting a road hazard in San Diego or even just the normal bumps and bounces of everyday CA driving can cause your auto wheels to be out of alignment. This can lead to expensive premature tire and suspension wear.
Here are some alignment basics from Mira Mesa Automotive:
The first angle is called toe: do the wheels point in towards each other or away from each other at the front of the tire.
The next angle is called camber: do the wheels tip in or out at the top.
And finally, there is castor. Castor measures the angle where the front axles attach to the vehicle.
The ideal alignment for your auto was designed by its engineers. Mira Mesa Automotive alignment service starts with an inspection of the steering and suspension – so see if anything’s bent, broken or worn out. Then the Mira Mesa Automotive technician will look at tire condition. From there, the auto is put on an alignment rack and an initial alignment reading is taken. The wheels are then aligned to manufacturer’s specifications.
Your owner’s manual probably has a recommendation for how often your auto alignment should be checked – usually every couple of years. If you suspect an alignment problem with your auto, get it checked at Mira Mesa Automotive before you suffer expensive tire or suspension damage.