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What Everyone Should Know About Wheel Alignment

Why Total Alignment?

Reduce Tire Wear

Wheel Alignments for Cars, Trucks, Autos at Auto Repair Service St. Paul, MNImproper 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.

Improved Handling

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 Alignemnt" service.  With all the vehicle components aligned properly, road shock is more efficiently absorbed for a smoother ride.

Safer Driving

A suspension system inspection is part of the alignment procedure.  This allows worn parts to be detected before they cause costly problems.

Here's What We DO:Wheel Alignment for non-adjustable rear suspension vehicles

For vehicles with non-adjustable rear suspension:

  1. Alignment angle readings are measured at all wheels.
  2. The steering wheel is centered.
  3. Adjustable front wheel alignment angles are referenced to the rear thrust line and set to the vehicle manufacturer's specification.

Result:  all four wheels are parallel to one another and the steering wheel is centered.

Wheel Alignment for adjustable rear suspension vehicles

For vehicles with adjustable rear suspension:

  1. Alignment angle readings are measured at all wheels.
  2. Adjustable rear alignment angles are set to the manufacturer's specification. (Rear thrust line corresponds to vehicle centerline).
  3. Steering wheel is centered.
  4. Adjustable front wheel alignment angles are referenced to the rear thrust line and set to the manufacturer's specifications.

Result:  all four wheels are positioned straight ahead and parallel, and the steering wheel is centered.

This Can Happen to Any Vehicle

On this vehicle, the front wheels are not aligned to the rear thrust line.  This can happen from normal wear and stress, whether your vehicle has adjustable or non-adjustable reear suspension.

To travel straight ahead, you would have to steer the front wheels slightly to the right.

A common result would be that the vehicle would "dog track" and possibly "pull" to the side.

Of course, the angles are exaggerated so you can more easily see the condition.  It takes only a small amount of mis-alignment to create handling problems and cause rapid tire wear.

How Hunter Digital Imaging Wheel Alignment Technology WoWheel Alignments for Cars, Trucks, Autos at Auto Repair Service St. Paul, MNrks

[IMAGE]Hunter's "DSP600 Picture Perfect" digital imaging technology uses four precision cameras in the alligner "tower" to measure the position and orientation of reflection targets mounted on each wheel of your car.

The aligner computer used this information to calculate your car's current alignment measurements and then compares these measurements to the car manufacturer's (OEM alignment specifications).Wheel Alignments for Cars, Trucks, Autos at Auto Repair Service St. Paul, MN

If it determines that your car's wheel alignment is outside factory specifications, the "aligner" provides the technician with the exact information needed to make the proper adjustments and return the alignment angles to the manufacturer's specifications.


Important Questions About Wheel Alignment

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How important is wheel alignment?
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Think of it this way.  Research indicates that the average vehicle is drven about 12,000 miles per year.  A car with a toe angle mis-adjustment 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 year!
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What are the 'symptoms" of a vehicle with incorrect alignment?
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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.
Q
How often should I have my vehicle aligned?
A
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.


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