Wheel Alignment Las Vegas
What would happen if you gave an Olympic long-distance runner two different types of athletic shoes to wear for his next race? Chances are his/her performance would suffer. The same can be said about your car’s driving potential if it suffers from improper front-end alignment.
Don’t let misaligned wheels effect your vehicle’s performance. Get a wheel alignment service from Tire Works.
Always Go To A Professional For Wheel Alignments
It’s imperative that Las Vegas and Pahrump area drivers receive car wheel alignments from a qualified professional. Two issues can occur when a wheel alignment services is done incorrectly:
- Driving becomes more expensive.
- Driving becomes more dangerous.
At Tire Works Total Car Care, we warn all of our clients that driving a vehicle without proper alignment is an expensive enterprise. Not only does flawed alignment decrease gas mileage and tire life, but it also adds stress to other vehicle components, including steering equipment. Ideally, your vehicle’s wheels should be perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. Adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they meet these criteria is how our service professionals ensure your vehicle is properly aligned.
Driving in a vehicle without proper alignment is a dangerous idea. A car that is out of alignment can pull or drift away from a straight road, resulting in a possibly fatal situation. Excessive tire wear – another result of bad car alignment – can lead to tire blowouts and poor traction, which can have potentially disastrous consequences. That is why it is imperative that you let our alignment experts make sure you’re driving smoothly and safely.
How Do Wheels Become Out of Alignment?
Your vehicle’s alignment can be impacted by a variety of factors. A major or minor collision that results in physical damage to your vehicle’s frame is an obvious indication that you require our computerized alignment service. Steering problems or the presence of uneven wear patterns on your tires are also clear signs that demand immediate attention. However, alignment problems don’t only occur because of collisions and accidents; problems can arise after something as minor as driving over a pothole or grazing over a curb. The following descriptions are symptomatic alignment variations you should look for in order to determine if you require our computerized alignment services.
Caster is used to describe the angle of a steering pivot, as seen from the side of the vehicle and measured in degrees. Caster alignment plays a large role in evaluating the “feel” of steering and the stability of high-speed transportation. Three to five degrees of positive caster is typical for most vehicles, and lower angles are used to keep steering comfortable for heavier vehicles. A faulty caster angle will cause loose or difficult steering.
Camber is the angle of the wheel in relation to a vertical direction (seen from the front or rear of the car). A negative camber measurement occurs when a wheel leans toward the chassis; a positive measurement points the wheel away from the car. An ideal camber angle assures optimal tire efficiency, proper steering control, and a precautionary “anti-roll” directive that engineers have adapted into vehicle designs to negate the effects of a body roll. A faulty camber angle will create pulling and tire wear.
Like camber and caster, toe is measured in degrees and is another basic aspect of suspension tuning. When a pair of wheels is placed with their front edges pointed toward each other, the pair is defined as “toe-ins.” If the front edges point away from each other, the pair is defined as “toe-outs.” Essentially, a toe changes the distance between the front and back of the rear tires, and a faulty toe angle will wear down your tires.
Benefits of a Wheel Alignment Service
After visiting Tire Works to have us correct your vehicle’s front-end alignment, drivers can expect a few improvements:
- Tires that last longer
- Easier steering
- Improved gas mileage
- A smoother ride
- Safer, more secure driving
Make an alignment appointment today to improve your vehicle’s performance.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Wheel alignment—sometimes referred to as car alignment—is the adjustment and positioning of a vehicle’s suspension, which is the system that connects the vehicle to its wheels. It is not an adjustment of the wheels or tires themselves. During a wheel alignment service, our ASE-certified technicians use computerized alignment equipment to check how each wheel is aligned with the other wheels and the road surface.
The caster, camber, and toe angles—the three angles at which the tires make contact with the road surface—will be adjusted as necessary so that they are ideal for fuel efficiency and even tire wear. These angles have a direct impact on how your car handles when driving and how long tires and other components last.
Essentially, a wheel alignment means squaring the vehicle’s wheels and axles with each other so that they are sitting evenly and moving in the same direction. During an alignment, the technician will also make sure the steering wheel is centered and that no suspension components are excessively worn.
To make sure your vehicle is in top driving condition and in perfect alignment, schedule your appointment at Tire Works today.
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If any one of the three car alignment angles (caster, camber, or toe) is off even slightly, it can cause wheel misalignment. You may not be able to tell by looking at the wheels and tires, but you might feel or hear differences when you are driving. A vehicle that is out of alignment can exhibit a number of symptoms including:
- The vehicle pulling to the left or right.
- Your steering wheel is crooked when driving straight.
- Uneven or rapid tire wear.
- Squealing tires when turning a corner.
- Poor vehicle handling when braking or turning corners
Noticing any of these wheel alignment issues? Looking for an alignment shop? Schedule your appointment today at your closest Tire Works location. Our ASE-certified technicians can diagnose and correct the alignment issues your vehicle may have.
Except for having a collision or running over a large pothole, vehicles usually go out of alignment gradually over time. Tire misalignment can be so subtle, you may not even realize it at first. This is why having your tire alignment checked and corrected as needed should be a regular part of your vehicle’s preventative maintenance. For the most precise answer to how often it should be done, check your vehicle’s owner manual for the manufacturer’s recommended alignment schedule.
Your alignment should be checked, at minimum, once a year. We recommend having your alignment checked during every other oil change. If you do have a minor or major collision, run over a large pothole, or another similar situation, you should have your wheel alignment checked at your closest Tire Works location as soon as possible.
Catching misalignment early will keep your vehicle in the safest driving condition. It will also prevent you from spending more money on gas, more frequent tire replacement, and costly repairs to steering components.
Yes! Getting a wheel alignment done when you replace tires is one of the best ways to get the most mileage out of your new tires. An alignment ensures that all four tires are correctly angled with the road and each other.
If you don’t have a wheel alignment done when you get new tires, you may experience uneven tire wear or even a rough ride, both of which can greatly shorten the life of your tires.
You want to protect the investment you just made and having an alignment done is an easy way to do that. So make sure to ask for a wheel alignment service when your new tires are being installed at Tire Works.
Schedule your appointment at your closest Tire Works location today.
A tire alignment and tire balancing are two different processes. An alignment ensures that all four wheels are in alignment with each other and the road surface. Tire rebalancing ensures the weight is even around the entire tire.
When tires are rebalanced, a technician will attach small weights, which weigh just fractions of an ounce, to the wheel. Even though tires are round, they sometimes have manufacturing imperfections that create heavier and lighter areas. The weights that are added during rebalancing compensate for any of these differences.
During tire rebalancing, the wheel and tire unit is put on a tire-balancing machine that takes weight measurements around the unit and shows where adjustments for any differences are needed. As wheels lose balance over time, tire rebalancing is needed more frequently than a wheel alignment and is most often done during tire rotations.
Whether you need tire balancing or an alignment done, the ASE-certified technicians at our 16 convenient Tire Works locations can help.
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Yes. The type of suspension that your vehicle has will determine which of the three types of car alignment can be done. The three types are:
- Standard: Also called a front-end alignment, the front wheels are adjusted so they are parallel to the centerline of your vehicle. This is the most basic alignment and is not recommended for current model vehicles which usually have an adjustable/independent rear suspension because it doesn’t account for rear-wheel angles.
- Thrust: A thrust alignment is the most accurate for vehicles without adjustable rear suspension. In this alignment, only the front wheels are adjusted. But even though the rear angles can’t be adjusted, they are still taken into account. The front wheels are aligned as closely as possible to the average of where the two rear wheels point, also called the thrust line. This compensates enough to get a centered steering wheel and more accurate alignment.
- Four-wheel: This is the most comprehensive alignment and done on vehicles with adjustable rear suspension to bring all four wheels of your vehicle back in alignment. Everything is aligned to the center of the vehicle. First, the rear axle angles are measured and adjusted, then the front. This is the most accurate, manufacturer-recommended alignment for newer vehicles with adjustable rear suspension.
There are several things that you can do to help keep your vehicle in alignment and maintain your suspension, including:
- Removing excess weight in the trunk: Your vehicle’s alignment is based on tire angles, which are directly related to the vehicle chassis height. If you have too much weight in the back end of the vehicle, that lowers the vehicle height. Thus throwing off your alignment. Take out anything that you don’t need.
- Maintain correct tire pressure: In the same way that excess weight affects the vehicle’s chassis height, so do underinflated tires. Make sure to maintain the correct tire pressure in all four tires.
- Drive more conservatively: Not driving aggressively and driving more carefully will put less strain on steering and suspension components. These components are key to maintaining proper alignment.
If you are doing these things and are still noticing some signs that your vehicle may be out of alignment don’t hesitate to get your vehicle into an alignment shop. Save your vehicle from undue strain on suspension components and uneven tire wear. Schedule your appointment online for a wheel alignment at Tire Works.
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