Wheel Alignment Systems

Wheel alignment is all about angles and adjusting those angles so a car’s wheels are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. These adjustments are critical to the maximization of a vehicle’s tire life and to insure that the vehicle tracks in a straight line when driven along a straight and level road.

If you release your steering wheel while driving on the aforementioned straight and level road and your vehicle begins to wander to the left or right, chances are you have an alignment problem. Ignore it and you’ll experience premature tire wear. If you think you’re out of alignment, either try the steering wheel trick or visually inspect your front tires. Excessive tread wear on either edge of the tire probably indicates you’re a candidate for an alignment.
Wheel alignment is often confused with wheel balancing. The two are not connected other than the fact that they both impact ride and handling. If a wheel is out of balance, it will vibrate at highway speeds. That results in a noticeable shaking in the steering wheel or in the seat of your pants.
We are frequently asked how often a car’s wheels should be aligned. Generally we recommend that you follow the vehicle manufacturer's recommendation noted in your owner's manual. But, as a general rule, have your vehicle's tires checked every 10,000 miles or at least once a year. As noted earlier, if they’re wearing unevenly, that’s a good signal that an alignment should be moved up to the top of your To Do list.

Two final points before we close this section.

  • More and more cars these days have independent rear suspension and that requires that rear wheels be aligned along with the front wheels.

  • We occasionally see cars where suspension components are worn to the point where we simply cannot perform an alignment without first replacing the worn parts.

If you suspect you have an alignment problem, stop by. We’ll quickly assess your situation and provide you with an expert analysis. Like other services at Dallas Auto Sports, we believe in providing you with a list of options so you can make informed choices about vehicle repair.

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