A wheel alignment consists of adjusting the wheels of your vehicle so that all wheels are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground. Three basic angles contribute to proper wheel alignment: camber, caster, and toe. Camber is the measure of the degree of perpendicular offset from the road surface. Caster is the angle of your wheel’s pivot, which is attached to the suspension, and when this angle is out of alignment, straight-line tracking is affected. Toe refers to the angle of directional difference between the tire and the centerline of the vehicle. The front and rear wheels on your vehicle should always be perpendicular to the ground and parallel to the tire beside it. Routine wheel alignments have the potential to save you money in the long run while promoting optimal vehicle performance.
Driving in a straight line seems like a fairly simple premise, but if your wheels are out of alignment it may be more complicated than you realize. Uneven wheel alignment will not only force your vehicle to pull towards the side of the road, but it will lead to uneven wear on your tires. The end result is your tires will be more prone to blow-outs and will need replacing long before they otherwise should. Regular wheel alignments can help extend the life of your tires and reduce uneven wear and tear.