Wheel Alignment 101

Proper adjustment of your car’s wheels is important for safe and efficient driving around Palm Beach, Wellington, and Greenacres. It’s important for every car owner to understand the importance of wheel alignment, and to know how to spot an issue so that it can be corrected as soon as possible. This article from the team at Braman Honda of Palm Beach will provide you with all the information that you need about getting your wheels aligned properly. Consider this Wheel Alignment 101!

Wheel Alignment Terms to Know

There are a few terms associated with the adjustment of your wheels, and it’s important to know what each means so that you can pay attention to it, and so that you can understand your mechanic.

  • Caster: A negative caster occurs when the car is tilted slightly forward on its wheels, meaning that wheels are located behind the main load of the vehicle. When the car is tilted backward, your car has a positive caster.
  • Camber: Your cars should always lie flat against the road surface so that they wear evenly as you drive, which allows them to last longer. If the wheels are tilted outward, so that the inside edge, which lies under the car, is slightly lifted from the road surface, you have a positive camber. If the wheels are tilted with their tops toward the opposite wheel, you have a negative camber.
  • Toe: When the front of the wheels, which face your car’s headlights, are pointed toward one another at an angle, you have a positive toe. The opposite, when the front of the wheels are pointed away, is a negative toe.

Every car has a different adjustment that’s just right, and when your wheels are properly aligned, your drives will be safer, your tires will last longer, and you’ll even achieve greater fuel efficiency!

When Do I Need a Wheel Alignment?

A number of problems can be caused by improper wheel alignment, but when you know what warning signs to look for, you can correct the issue before it gets worse. Here’s a few of the most common signs that you need an alignment:

  • Pulling: If the car seems to be consistently veering to the left or right without you steering in that direction, you likely need an alignment.
  • Uneven Tire Wear: The surface of your tires that comes in contact with the road should show even wear. If half of the tire is more worn than the other, you likely have a poorly adjusted camber.
  • Squealing: Loud squeaking or squealing sounds from the tires are a sign of misalignment, especially when turning the vehicle.

Schedule Your Wheel Alignment Today

If your car is exhibiting any of these signs of misaligned wheels, it’s important to get them checked out by a trusted mechanic right away to prevent a worsening problem. Contact Braman Honda of Palm Beach today to schedule an appointment for a wheel alignment, and we’ll make sure your car can drive smooth and straight on all your trips around Palm Beach, Greenacres, and Wellington.