Alignment Service at Bob Moore Nissan
You spend a lot of time behind the wheels of your cars and trucks. Whether for work, for shopping, for business or pleasure, you spend a lot of time on the road. When you travel, it is not uncommon to hit potholes, uneven surfaces, rough roads, and the occasional curb. Any of these things can cause a wheel misalignment and that affects the operation of your vehicle.
Proper alignment ensures that your car, truck, or van rides smoothly. It also keeps your wheels pointing straight and tires properly centered in the wheel wells. It adjusts your vehicle’s wheels to the original specifications to provide peak performance. Correct alignment aids in gaining the best gas milage, proper road contact, a smooth and balanced ride, and grants the longest life for your tires.
How Do I Know If My Alignment is Off?
If your vehicle is more difficult to drive, because of noticeable vibrations as you travel, you may need an alignment. Or if you notice your vehicle is pulling to the right or the left or drifting to one side even when you are traveling straight, it could be a sign that it is out of alignment. Or perhaps you notice the tread on your tires wearing down faster and unevenly. These are all signs that your vehicle needs an alignment.
Some causes of misalignment can be:
- Getting new tires
- Lifting or lowering your vehicle
- Replacement or adjustment of suspension parts that can affect tire angles.
- Accidents or hard impacts with a curb, or debris on the road
When one of these things happens or if you notice any of the symptoms listed above, you need to get an alignment check.
What Happens During an Alignment Check?
Service technicians use special equipment to evaluate your alignment, so they can learn what type of adjustment is needed. There are three areas that are looked at to determine alignment adjustments.
- Camber: This is how the tires look when standing in front of the vehicle. If they are turned inward or outward, the camber needs to be adjusted. This sometimes occurs when ball joints or wheel bearings get worn down. If your tire wear is smooth in the center and worn down more on one side, this indicates that a camber adjustment is needed.
- Toe Alignment: How the tires look from above, this can also show them angled inward or outward, which indicates adjustments must be made. An indication of a toe alignment need is your tire edge is smooth on one side and sharp on the other. This happens if tires are not inflated to the proper pressure or not rotated regularly.
- Caster: This is the third area; it controls steering and helps with cornering and stability. Here the angle of the steering axis is also tested as seen from a side view of the vehicle.
When you take your vehicle in for an alignment or tire rotation, the technicians may balance the tires to make sure the tire has the proper weights to be in balance. Keeping your tires aligned, balanced, and properly inflated as recommended by the manufacturer can extend the life of the tire and helps optimize the performance and efficiency of your vehicle, and prevents damage to other components.
Contact Bob Moore Nissan to schedule your appointment for your alignment evaluation and adjustment today!