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Your vehicle is one of your biggest investments next to your home. That is why it is so important to keep up with all maintenance items and needed repairs. While no one likes to pay out hard-earned dollars on mundane preventative maintenance measures, it is perhaps the most proactive thing you can do to protect the investment you've made in your automobile.

One of those simple, but important services, is wheel alignment. Vehicles need the alignment checked for various reasons. Sometimes something as simple as hitting a pothole can set your vehicle off its alignment. Rough driving, strenuous terrain, and failure to check the alignment annually can also contribute to poorly aligned vehicles. Even basic issues like low tire pressure can cause vehicles to pull to one side, making it feel like your car has lost its alignment.

There are 3 Basic Issues to look at During a Wheel Alignment Service:

  1. Camber - This is the inward or outward angle of the tire when viewed from the front of the vehicle. Too much inward or outward tilt, also known as negative and positive camber, respectively, indicates improper car alignment and will need to be adjusted. Worn bearings, ball joints, and other wheel-suspension parts may contribute to camber misalignment. 
  2. Toe – Toe alignment is the extent to which your tires turn inward or outward when viewed from above. Whether the wheels turn inward or outward, both require adjustment. This can cause one side of the tread blocks to wear down more quickly than the other in a circumferential direction. When you run your hand over the tread, it will look and feel like saw teeth when viewed from the side. It could also be a sign of underinflation and/or lack of rotation. 
  3. Caster – The caster angle helps balance steering, stability, and cornering. Specifically, it’s the angle of your steering axis when viewed from the side of your vehicle. If you have a positive caster, the steering axis will tilt toward the driver. Negative caster means the steering axis tilts toward the front of your vehicle.

If you’re experiencing unusual wear patterns, you should have a technician check your vehicle’s alignment. While tire wear prevention is a good reason to keep car alignment in check, the consequences of misalignment can also play out in overall vehicle performance. If you allow your vehicle to remain unbalanced, it poses safety threats and will be significantly more expensive to fix later.

Wondering what does a car alignment consist of? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lakes Automotive today for more information about wheel alignment and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN, and surrounding areas.

To improve the vehicle‘s drivability, take care of a needed wheel alignment as soon as you notice a problem. Ask your auto shop what does a car alignment consist of
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Your vehicle is one of your biggest investments next to your home. That is why it is so important to keep up with all maintenance items and needed repairs. While no one likes to pay out hard-earned dollars on mundane preventative maintenance measures, it is perhaps the most proactive thing you can do to protect the investment you've made in your automobile.

One of those simple, but important services, is wheel alignment. Vehicles need the alignment checked for various reasons. Sometimes something as simple as hitting a pothole can set your vehicle off its alignment. Rough driving, strenuous terrain, and failure to check the alignment annually can also contribute to poorly aligned vehicles. Even basic issues like low tire pressure can cause vehicles to pull to one side, making it feel like your car has lost its alignment.

There are 3 Basic Issues to look at During a Wheel Alignment Service:

  1. Camber - This is the inward or outward angle of the tire when viewed from the front of the vehicle. Too much inward or outward tilt, also known as negative and positive camber, respectively, indicates improper car alignment and will need to be adjusted. Worn bearings, ball joints, and other wheel-suspension parts may contribute to camber misalignment. 
  2. Toe – Toe alignment is the extent to which your tires turn inward or outward when viewed from above. Whether the wheels turn inward or outward, both require adjustment. This can cause one side of the tread blocks to wear down more quickly than the other in a circumferential direction. When you run your hand over the tread, it will look and feel like saw teeth when viewed from the side. It could also be a sign of underinflation and/or lack of rotation. 
  3. Caster – The caster angle helps balance steering, stability, and cornering. Specifically, it’s the angle of your steering axis when viewed from the side of your vehicle. If you have a positive caster, the steering axis will tilt toward the driver. Negative caster means the steering axis tilts toward the front of your vehicle.

If you’re experiencing unusual wear patterns, you should have a technician check your vehicle’s alignment. While tire wear prevention is a good reason to keep car alignment in check, the consequences of misalignment can also play out in overall vehicle performance. If you allow your vehicle to remain unbalanced, it poses safety threats and will be significantly more expensive to fix later.

Wondering what does a car alignment consist of? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lakes Automotive today for more information about wheel alignment and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN, and surrounding areas.

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