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CAR FACTS
Alignment and Suspension

 

Alignment is recommended for today’s vehicles in at least four situations:

 

  1. When you buy new tires.  If your old tires wore unevenly, bad alignment could be the reason they had to be replaced.  If you do not correct the alignment problem, the same thing will happen quickly to your new tires.
  2. When steering parts are replaced, for instance, if you replace ball joints, control arms, tie rod ends or steering box.
  3. When certain warning signs appear, such as uneven tire wear, your vehicle pulling or wandering when you are driving, a front end shimmy, or your steering wheel failing to return to center position when released.
  4. About every 30,000 miles, whether warning signs appear or not.

 

Four-wheel alignment is our standard service at Sawchuk’s.  Our technician will road test your car initially to assess its performance.  He will then drive it onto the alignment rack and inspect the steering and suspension parts, as well as the vehicle’s frame and the wheels and tires.  He is looking for any parts that may be loose, bent or near failure.

 

The alignment itself is done with our state-of-the-art Hunter equipment which utilizes digital cameras to read the current status of your vehicle and assist the alignment specialist in setting caster, camber and toe precisely.  The result is a smooth ride for you and less wear on your vehicle’s tires and suspension parts.

 

TERMINOLOGY

  1. Caster -  the degree to which the vehicle’s steering axis is tilted forward or backward from vertical as you look from the side of the vehicle.  
  2. Camber - the inward or outward tilt of a wheel compared to a vertical line.
  3. Toe - the direction in which two wheels point relative to one another.  “Toe-in” means the wheels point toward one another in a pigeon-toed stance.  “Toe-out” means the wheels point away from one another.

 

 


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