The alignment is a technical service that is done to the car in order to check the state of the steering geometry and the state of the suspension. It is a process that is usually performed within some programs of scheduled vehicle maintenance. However, depending on the mode of use of the car it may be required before scheduled maintenance. A car is misaligned by using it daily. However, the term align does not refer to the wheels, but rather to the suspension. As part of normal driving, the suspension of your car wears out and the springs stretch further.
- Irregular tire wear
To know if your car needs the alignment service, the first thing is to look at the tires. A tire that has not damaged evenly nor has irregular wear on the outside indicates that your car needs alignment. The wheels that are most exposed to greater wear are those that correspond to the front axle. The front suspension is more flat because the systems are independent and are exposed to greater efforts given their location and are the ones that guide the vehicle.
- Steering wheel vibration
The vibration on the steering wheel is also a sign that something is not right in the vehicle. The vibration in the steering wheel can be perceived either from the wheels (tires and wheels) or from the mechanisms that make up the steering system. A wheel that has a bump or has irregular wear, a beaten, crooked or unbalanced wheel may have vibration on the steering wheel. The mechanisms of the steering system such as the arms and terminals are vibration generators as are the suspension mechanisms such as the scissors label.
- Vehicle does not keep the line straight
Another sign that indicates that the alignment service is required is the fact that the vehicle does not keep the line straight during the journey. It happens when it seems that your car leans or tends to go to a certain side, be it left or right, even when you think you are driving straight. Also when driving straight, but the steering wheel is not centred.
- It has gone through a bump or speed reducer
In short, if we go through a pothole with any of the wheels at any speed, it is sensible to take the vehicle to align, in the most serious case affect some part of the suspension or the steering . In any case it is better to check if everything is in perfect condition. Even a small accident or bump can affect the suspension; some of the highly adjusted components are struck and out of phase, which causes their tires to settle at inappropriate angles. An alignment service restores these angles to their correct position.
- Alignment service
The alignment service is done by means of an electronic measuring equipment of the steering geometry. In the local market there are different systems such as optical, Bluetooth and cable sensors. Essentially what it does is square the tires and axles with each other, so that they move in the same direction. These angles affect the position of the tire and its movement. The Auto Shop Tucson will also adjust your steering wheel leaving it centred.
The type of alignment that the unit requires will depend on the type of suspension it has. In a system with four-wheel all-wheel drive with adjustable rear suspension, all four tires must be adjusted so that they are aligned in a rectangle, parallel to each other.
If the car does not have a 4×4 or all-wheel drive system, it surely only requires an alignment in the front, where only the front components are adjusted. However, there is an alignment for the rear axle, which is based on the rear wheels being centred.