Wheel Alignment Tips

What Everyone Should Know About Wheel Alignment

On this vehicle, the front wheels are not aligned to the rear thrust line. This can happen from normal wear and stres

s, whether your vehicle has adjustable or non-adjustable rear suspension.

To steer 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 


Of course, the angles are exaggerated so you can more easily see the condition. But it takes only a small misalignment to create problems.

Important Questions About Wheel Alignment

Q. How important is wheel alignment?

A. Think of it this way. Research indicates that the average car is driven about 12,000 miles per year. A car with toe alignment just 0.34 degrees (Just 0.17 inches) out of specification has dragged its tires sideways for more than 68 miles by the end of the year!

Q. What are the "symptoms" of a car that's out of alignment?

A. Have your car checked if you notice:

  • Excessive or uneven tire wear.
  • Steering wheel pulls to the left or right.
  • Feeling of looseness or wandering.
  • Steering wheel vibration or shimmy.
  • Steering wheel is not centered when car is moving straight ahead.

Q. How often should I have my car aligned?

A. Follow the vehicle manufacturer's recommendation noted in your owner's manual. But, as a general rule, have your vehicle's tires checked every 10,000 miles or at least once a year.

Information About Wheel Alignment

Courtesy of Hunter Engineering Company

Power Steering Fluid Flush

"There is a need to have your power steering fluid flushed also…"

Q: Why should I have the power steering system flushed?

A: Power steering systems subject power steering fluids to high temperatures and pressures, causing oxidation, fluid deterioration and eventually breakdown, reducing lubricity while accumulating contaminants, varnish deposits as well as abrasive wear metals and debris that grind seals, valves and friction surfaces. Lack of maintenance can inhibit steering, cause leaks and premature unit failure.

Q: What are the benefits of flushing my power steering system?

A: The benefits include…

  • Removal of contaminants, deposits, wear metals and debris
  • Reduction in wear, premature component failure, valve sticking and squeal
  • Restores quiet, smooth, uniform steering control, lubricity
  • Provides safe, secure steering

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