All Lined Up: Wheel Alignment Service At D & B Automotiove
Posted December 13, 2012 3:06 PM
When all of a vehicle’s wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Hitting a road hazard or even just the normal bumps and bounces of everyday driving in Cordova can cause your truck's wheels to be out of alignment.
Driving for an extended time in Cordova when you’re out of alignment causes your truck's tires to wear unevenly and excessively – perhaps causing you to have to replace tires years too early or even lead to a blowout: Dangerous … and expensive. It can also cause premature wear to your suspension system, which can be really expensive.
Here are some alignment basics:
The first adjustment is called toe or do the wheels point in towards each other or away from each other at the front of the tire. The next adjustment is called camber or do the wheels tip in or out at the top. And finally, there is castor. Castor measures the angle where the front axles attach to the vehicle.
The ideal alignment for your truck was designed by its engineers. Alignment service at D & B Automotiove starts with an inspection of the steering and suspension – to see if anything’s bent or broken. Then the Cordova technician will look at tire condition.
From there, the truck is put on an alignment rack and an initial alignment reading is taken. The wheels are then aligned to truck manufacturer’s specifications.
Your truck owner’s manual probably has a recommendation for how often your alignment should be checked – usually every couple of years. If you suspect an alignment problem, get it checked at D & B Automotiove before you suffer expensive tire or suspension damage.