Wheel alignment is often overlooked by busy car owners until serious tire damage has been done. When all of a vehicle’s wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Hitting a road hazard, or even just the normal bumps and bounces of everyday MN driving can cause your vehicles wheels to be out of alignment. This can lead to expensive premature tire and suspension wear. One wheel can be knocked out of alignment from the rest by hitting a curb or pothole on a rough road.
When your wheels are out of alignment, the tires will wear out very quickly and will need to be replaced prematurely. It could also lead to suspension damage. Conversely, worn suspension or steering components can lead to alignment problems for your vehicle.
But the big issue for motorists is safety. When your vehicle wheels are out of alignment, the vehicle will pull to one side, which could lead to an accident. When you’re out of alignment, you should have it taken care of right away at Berning’s Auto Repair.
Signs of alignment problems are: Your car pulls to one side. Also, your steering wheel may not be centered when you’re going straight. If you see the edges of one or more tires rapidly wearing down, you should have your technician at Berning’s Auto Repair look it over.
If you’ve been in an accident that involved a wheel, you should get your alignment checked. A big jolt can seriously knock things out of alignment, but drivers also need to understand that a series of smaller ones can add up. Worn steering or suspension components can also lead to alignment problems, and that’s why your vehicle manufacturer recommends periodic alignment checks.
Here are some alignment basics from Berning’s Auto Repair:
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 vehicle was designed by its engineers. Berning’s Auto Repair alignment service starts with an inspection of the steering and suspension – so see if anything’s bent, broken or worn out. Then the technician will look at tire condition. From there, the vehicle 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 vehicle alignment should be checked – usually every couple of years. If you suspect an alignment problem with your vehicle, get it checked at Berning’s Auto Repair before you suffer expensive tire or suspension damage. We’ll also be able to tell you if your vehicle requires a four wheel alignment or if just the front wheels can be aligned.
One thing’s for sure: the cost of the alignment at Berning’s Auto Repair is cheaper than having to buy a couple of new tires because of neglect.