Here at Mad Hatter Auto Repair in Council Bluffs, Iowa, we have factory-trained technicians experienced in performing wheel alignment service. The alignment of your vehicle’s wheels is more important than you may think. Each wheel is specifically set to ensure optimum and safe tire and wheel placement. To check that the wheel meets manufacturer specifications, we examine the three main angles: camber, caster, and toe. We will also reference your ride height to confirm its accuracy. Proper wheel alignment is key to a ride that is smooth, controlled, and efficient. Wheels that are correctly aligned also optimize your tires’ performance. Due to the relation between tires and wheels, misalignment can cause premature or excessive tire wear, resulting in decreased tire performance and the need for new tires earlier than normal. By bringing your vehicle into our professionals, you can tremendously improve your vehicle's performance and preserve its value.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why are wheel alignments important?
Maintaining a proper wheel alignment keeps your tires straight. This allows you to have proper steering while helping to prevent premature tread wear on your tires.
2. Where can I go to get a wheel alignment?
Most tire stores and auto repair facilities have alignment machines. Ask your trusted mechanic if they offer alignments and if they recommend your vehicle having an alignment done.
3. How are wheel alignments done?
Wheel alignments are done with digital alignment machines. A trained mechanic hooks your vehicle up to the alignment machine, which provides a read-out and enables them to make the necessary adjustments to your vehicle's alignment.
4. Do wheel alignments cover all four wheels?
Most mechanics perform a four-wheel alignment service. With the digital alignment machines that are often used, all wheels are read and mechanics will make adjustments to the alignment based off those readings.
5. Why are wheel alignments necessary?
Wheel alignments are necessary as they keep your vehicle going straight down the road and improve steering on wet and dry roads. An improper alignment will cause your tires to wear out faster.
6. Can an improper wheel alignment cause vehicle vibrations?
Usually vehicle vibrations are caused by loose suspension parts and worn tires. Alignments rarely cause issues with vibrations.
7. When should I get a wheel alignment?
It is recommended to get a wheel alignment, or an alignment check, once a year. This helps ensure suspension parts are not wearing out and helps extend the life of your tires.
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