Why Alignment is Important
Regular wheel alignment can save you hundreds of dollars on tire replacement due to premature tread wear.
Even more important, keeping your wheels aligned properly improves vehicle safety. Cars that pull to one side can create dangerous situations, especially at high speeds.
Well aligned wheels and tires also deliver a better ride and usually improve fuel efficiency.
Classic Paint and Body uses Beissbarth equipment for all alignments. Beissbarth provides the best alignment equipment in the industry. Classic currently has the Microline 5000 alignment system in the shop.
How Often Should Wheels and Tires Be Aligned?
Most experts recommend aligning wheels at least once a year. Goodyear Tire also recommends alignment whenever one of these events occur:
- After purchasing a set of new tires
- After a collision, accident, or hitting a large pothole
- When replacing suspension or steering parts
- If you feel your vehicle pulling to one side when driving
- If your steering feels unstable or you feel a vibration
- If your tires are wearing unevenly or squeal on turns
Wheel alignment describes the measurement, analysis and adjustment of your car’s steering and suspension angles to ensure the wheels are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other.
How Wheel Alignment Works
A car alignment is actually an elaborate process that brings the car’s suspension into its proper configuration, positioning and adjusting components so that wheels are aligned with one another and the road surface. The alignment should be performed by an experienced mechanic, who uses an alignment machine.
An alignment essentially requires squaring a car’s wheels and axles with each other so that they’re moving in the same direction. The mechanic adjusts the various suspension angles — known as toe, thrust, camber and caster — that influence tire movement and position. The technician will also ensure that the steering wheel is centered.