Wheel alignment is the geometrical relationship of the wheels to the vehicle, to each other and to the road surface. Optimally, the wheels should be straight, parallel to each other, perpendicular to the road and their respective axels to provide the least rolling resistance, friction and tire wear. Correctly set, it will allow for the greatest traction.
Driving over potholes is one of the more common ways our vehicles get out of alignment. In 2010 the City of Toronto repaired more than 275,000 pot holes. Other reasons include driving on rough roads, curb impacts or taking the same rough road daily, as well as general wear and tear, which can cause the wheels to become knocked out of place over time. Eventually things can get so rickety that it becomes obvious, especially when we have to continually fight with the steering wheel to keep control as we attempt to drive the straight and narrow.
If you fail to keep your vehicle properly aligned then you risk losing more than just tire tread. Many suspension parts such as tie rods, shocks, struts and springs can also begin to wear as a direct result of a misaligned vehicle. This can all lead up to a costly repair bill.
Why should the wheel alignment be done after getting new tires, even if the “old” tires are worn evenly?
As your tires have worn, parts on the suspension also have worn. The wear maybe within acceptable limits, however it could be enough to throw the wheel alignment off. Unfortunately, you could have alignment issues that do not display any symptoms except for the tire wear. Usually when this symptom is observed it is too late for the tires and they will need to be replaced again.
Basically, a wheel alignment done after purchasing new tires is the best way to obtain maximum tread life out of your new tires.
We use the Geoliner 600 Wheel Alignment System, the latest in 3D camera technology.The patented VODI Graphic Display is used with High- Definition cameras to provide for vehicle specific adjustments to save time and money by getting the job done right the first time.
Protect your tire investment and get your alignment checked