Keeping you on the straight and narrow.
Does your vehicle ever pull to the left or the right? Is the steering wheel not centered when you are traveling straight? Does your steering wheel shake and shimmy and vibrate while you are driving? Any of these signs could indicate an alignment problem, which is not only a nuisance to your driving comfort, but a bigger problem for your tires.
EPR Automotive is a one-stop shop for any alignment troubles your vehicle is suffering. We have a state-of-the-art alignment system and the latest latest computerized alignment technologies to detect misalignments as small as one-tenth of a degree, allowing them to get your car’s alignment back to the original manufacturer settings.
ENSURING PROPER ALIGNMENT
Your alignment might be off even if you haven’t noticed any signs or damage. Even subtle changes can cause uneven tire wear and rob your valuable investment of thousands of miles. Tires are made to be worn evenly, and uneven tire wear can compromise them and force premature replacement—or worse, cause a blowout.
To begin the alignment procedure, we raise your car on an alignment lift and attach computerized sensors to determine whether an adjustment is needed. Our team then corrects your alignment to the manufacturer’s original settings. After this, we retest your vehicle down to the tenth of a degree to make sure its alignment is perfectly set.
Alignment adjustment is a necessary maintenance service throughout the life of your vehicle. Inspect your tires regularly for signs of uneven wear, and request an alignment adjustment every time you replace them.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ALIGNMENT
Not getting auto alignment service could seem like a good way to save money, but the reality is that it could cost a lot with stress on your drive shaft and steering rack, and on tire wear and tear. It could also be dangerous. Wheel alignments are as important as regular service, but that’s not the only time you should have this done. Here are some ways to know:
SIGNS YOUR WHEELS MAY BE OUT OF ALIGNMENT
- Your tires are wearing unevenly
- Your car pulls to one side when you drive in a straight line
- Your car and floorboards start vibrating at freeway speeds
- You have lost handling capability
- You have been in a crash
- You have seen too many potholes
- You have run into curbs or parking barriers
- Your treads show a cupped wear pattern
It’s also good to learn about what we examine during alignment services. Here are some basic facts about what the technology and our technicians will consider.
- Camber: This means whether your wheels are vertically aligned, perpendicular to the ground. Think of it as the angle of your legs with your feet either far apart or close together.
- Caster: This one is complicated, and it has to do with the relationship of the wheels to the steering column and ball joints, steering knuckles and tie rod ends connecting them. Caster measures how this steering and suspension system, including the steering axis, is connected to the wheels, based on the position of upper and lower tie rods within the wheels.
- Thrust angle: This compares alignment of the axles. They should generally be squared off with the car’s centerline.
- Toe: In an alignment, the toe is the inward or outward slant of your wheels, as seen from the top. An inward tilt would be like standing pigeon-toed and an outward one would be duck feet. Could you walk like that in heels? Probably not very well.
Whether you need a basic alignment check, front-end alignment, a four-wheel alignment or a thrust angle alignment, call today. You might be surprised at the low cost compared to the problems skipping it could cause. Our experienced technicians can answer all your questions.