How do you know if your car needs an alignment?

If your car is pulling in one direction or another, then it may need an alignment. You might also notice some abnormal wear and tear on one or more of the tires which is another indication that you need to book in for an alignment.

What is an alignment?

There are three different direction that your wheel can be out of alignment :

  1. Caster – When the top of the tire is leaning forwards or backwards on the suspension.
  2. Camber – When the tire is leaning too far in or too far out.
  3. Toe-in – When the front of the tire points inward in relation to the center of the suspension.

An alignment consists of making the necessary adjustments to all three of these alignments. A technician uses an alignment machine to get all 3 angles in degrees and then makes the required adjustments.

Do I need a 2 wheel or 4 wheel alignment?

Front wheel drive and all wheel drive vehicles require 4 wheel alignments. The rear suspension needs to be aligned first before the front suspension can be tackled. However, rear wheel drive vehicals and 4 wheel drive vehicles such as light trucks only need the front suspension aligned (2 wheel alignment)