How important is wheel alignment?
Think of it this way: Research indicates that the average vehicle is driven about 12,000 miles per year. A car with a toe angle misadjustment of 0.34 degrees (only 0.17 inches) out of specification will drag the tires sideways for more than 68 miles by the end of the year!
Computerized Alignment Systems
Hunter Engineering specializes in developing industry-leading wheel
alignment systems for dealerships, body shops and tire dealers. JC’s Auto &
Truck Repair performs Hunter’s automated inspection systems check which can
complete a full, comprehensive vehicle inspection in under two minutes.
Hunter Engineering’s wheel alignment systems use precision cameras
to measure the position and orientation of targets mounted to each wheel and
provide alignment measurements with pinpoint accuracy.
What are the “symptoms” of a vehicle with incorrect alignment?
Have your vehicle checked if you notice:
- Excessive or uneven tire wear.
- The vehicle pulls to the left or right.
- Feeling of looseness or wandering.
- Steering wheel vibration or shimmy.
- Steering wheel is not centered when the vehicle is moving straight ahead.
How often should I have my vehicle aligned?
Follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation noted in your owner’s manual. As a general rule, have your wheel alignment checked every 10,000 miles or at least once a year.
Does your car pull to one side? Do you constantly have to move the steering wheel to keep your car traveling straight ahead? Many handling problems can be corrected by Total Alignment service. With all the vehicle components aligned properly, road shock is more efficiently absorbed for a smoother ride.
Reduced Tire Wear
Improper alignment is a major cause of premature tire wear. Over the years, a properly aligned vehicle can add thousands of miles to tire life. Most tires are replaced prematurely due to adverse wear.
Better Gas Mileage
Gas mileage increases as rolling resistance decreases. Total Alignment sets all four wheels parallel, which along with proper inflation, minimizes rolling resistance.
A suspension system inspection is part of the alignment procedure. This allows worn parts to be detected before they cause costly problems.