Wheel alignment refers to an adjustment of a vehicle's suspension – the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. It is not an adjustment of the tires or the wheels themselves. The key to proper alignment is adjusting the angles of the tires which affects how they make contact with the road. Wheel alignment is a big factor in a vehicle's steering response, here are a few reasons why proper wheel alignment is important:
If your vehicle needs an alignment, you’ll notice the following:
Some vehicles require only that the front wheels be aligned, but many car-based models require four-wheel alignment. Alignment specifications differ by vehicle, and it isn't as simple as just making sure all four wheels are pointed straight ahead. Depending on the vehicle, proper wheel alignment involves setting the camber (inward or outward tilt of the wheels when looking head on), caster (wheel tilt front or back looking from the side) and toe-in or toe-out (looking down at the wheels from above). The adjustments are measured in fractions of an inch and require specialized alignment equipment.
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