We have all heard that you need to have your tires aligned at one point or another. Every time we get new tires put on or even when we get an oil change the mechanics are asking when your last alignment was. Why are they so emphatic about tire alignment? Let’s take a look at what proper alignment means to your car.
Alignment is the relationship of the wheels with the car body as well as the steering wheel with the car. When your car rolled off the assembly line it was set up so that it would have an optimal ride with as little tire wear as possible. Over time we can knock wheels out of alignment by hitting potholes, curbs, or objects in the road. Mis-alignment can shorten the life of tires by thousands of miles and ultimately cost you a lot of money over the years.
Lets take a look at the ways your tires can be out of alignment:
*Camber is the angle of the tops and bottoms of the tires as viewed from the front. In a negative camber the top of the tires are closer than the bottom. Positive camber is the opposite. These will use wear on the inside or outside respectavely.
*Toe is when the front or rear of the tires are closer together when you look down from the top. This will cuse a feathered wear pattern and mis-shape the tire.
*Caster is the relationship between the steering access as the car as viewed from the side. A wheel’s postive caster makes the vehicle more stable but requires more effort to steer.
In addition to tire alignment, having proper inflation will make a drastic difference in the life expectancy of your tires. Over inflation will dome the center of the tire causing it to wear excessively, while under inflation will wear both the inside and the outside down at the same time leaving the tire more rounded.
By bringing your car in for an alignment every 6,000 miles you can prevent damage from being done and get the full life out of your tires. Always know that you can call us to help you out: (910) 483-2958
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