Wheel Alignment Service in Hamilton, ON

Wheel Alignment at Upper James Toyota

If you’ve ever felt your vehicle pull to one side, you may have benefited from getting an ever-important wheel alignment. A wheel alignment concerns the proper alignment of your suspension system to promote safe driving and a vehicle that delivers top performance and holds up for a long time to come. On the contrary, an improperly aligned vehicle can introduce a host of issues, including fuel efficiency and the utility of your tires. Your tires need to touch the road at the right angle, and a wheel alignment from Upper James Toyota will make sure this is the case. Read on to learn even more about why wheel alignments are so important.

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What is a Wheel Alignment, and Why is it Important?

It may be a little confusing from the name, but a “wheel alignment” more accurately refers to the adjustment of your vehicle’s suspension system. This is done in order to ensure each of your four tries touches the road at the angle that they are supposed to be. These angles are represented by the following terms: Camber, Caster and Toe. Camber is for the inward/outward tilt, Caster for the forward/backward tilt and Toe for the side-to-side distance from the front and rear of the front tires on your vehicle.

 

 

 

 

What are the Signs Your Vehicle Needs a Wheel Alignment?

You now recognize why a wheel alignment is so important for the safe and proper operation of your vehicle, but how are you to know if your vehicle is in need of one? Read below as we break down some of the top things to look out for:

Pulling to one side

As we mentioned earlier, do you feel like your vehicle is pulling to a particular side of the road? If so, you may need an alignment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vehicle shaking

Do you feel your vehicle vibrate or shake? Does your vehicle not feel smooth to drive anymore? This is another major sign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steering wheel instability

Similarly to pulling and shaking, does your steering wheel feel off and not return to its position or operate rather rigidly?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tire wear

Checking your tires is something you should be doing regularly, but you should also keep notice of any uneven wear on the inside or outside edge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dangers of Misaligned Wheels

You might think, “what’s a little pulling or instability on my drive? I can get used to it,” but this is an improper mentality to have when your wheels may be misaligned, as it should be addressed as soon as possible. When you have misaligned wheels it can lead toward major suspension problems, which in turn can become major issues that require immediate repair, and at a big cost, all of which could have been avoided if a wheel alignment had taken place. As well, an improperly aligned vehicle uses more fuel, provides a bumpy ride, poor handling and increased risk of wear to your tires.

 

 

 

Get a Wheel Alignment at Upper James Toyota

If you’ve read any of the signs of a wheel alignment and know your vehicle is due, we can help here at Upper James Toyota. Getting a wheel alignment can save you in the long run, keeping you on the road, with healthy tires, a fuel efficient vehicle and keeping expensive repairs at bay. Book service with our team, today, just by clicking through to our convenient service scheduler.