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The Basics of Wheel Alignments

The Basics of Wheel Alignments

Alignment is a highly complex subject covering many different terms and an array of vehicle parts. First and foremost, you should know that your tires point in the wrong direction when your wheels are out of alignment. As you can imagine, this is a considerable safety hazard. Misaligned wheels will affect your steering and suspension, but more importantly, they could affect your safety and the durability of your tires.   How Do Wheels Get Misaligned? There are numerous ways for your vehicle to lose its alignment.  Wheel misalignment can be driven by: Potholes Hitting the curb or flying through speed bumps Bumping into concrete parking stalls Wear and tear—as automobiles age, rubber components start cracking or losing their elasticity, and ball and socket joints develop looseness. Alignment angles are typically calibrated in tenths and hundredths of degrees or inches. Over time, a minor misalignment can cause uneven or premature tire wear.    What Hap ... read more

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