You might not think about your vehicle’s suspension and steering, but these systems are vital to performance. Responsible for independent wheel movement, they make your car drive comfortably. Not to mention, if one part gets strained or stressed, it can create a domino effect of expensive repairs. To ensure steering and suspension stay healthy, make wheel alignment part of your routine service schedule.
The Alignment Process
Road conditions and driving habits can take a toll on your tires, causing uneven deterioration. Not only that, but several vehicle components need to interact perfectly to function effectively. With both ideas in mind, a proper wheel alignment can counteract uneven tire wear and create ideal angles for easy maneuverability.
Depending on your model, the alignment process can vary slightly (four-wheel suspension requires different methods that wishbone suspension). Whatever the case, the procedure re-configures your car’s suspension and adjusts relevant parts so the wheels align with each other and the driving surface.
Current alignment equipment involves complex devices that attach to wheels, calculate measurements, and send data to a computer. Also, our mechanics adjust angles known as toe, thrust, caster and camber and re-center the steering wheel.
When to Schedule a Beachside Wheel Alignment
The safest source for all your model’s service information is the owner’s manual, though it never hurts to have the alignment tested annually (or every 12,000 miles). Some experts also recommend having wheels aligned when the tires are replaced. If you notice the following symptoms, it might be time for an alignment evaluation:
- Excessive tire wear
- An off-center feeling in the steering wheel, especially when driving straight
- Steering wheel tightness or turning difficulty (it pulls left or right)
- Feeling of wandering when driving
- Abnormal vibration at the steering wheel
Other Beachside Steering and Suspension Services
In addition to wheel alignment, our experts can repair and replace these system’s main components, including:
- Ball Joints
- Center Links
- Sway Bar Links
- Idler Arms/Pitman Arms
- Coil Springs
- CV Joints and Bots
- Universal Joints and Springs
- Shock Absorbers
- Tie Rod Ends and Sleeves
An important thing to remember when scheduling a wheel alignment is to use an experienced, reputable technician. This complicated process means operators need specific training and skills, so don’t trust the care of your vehicle to just any shop. The experts at Beachside Tire & Auto have performed numerous wheel alignments and use only the industry’s best practices.