No matter if you’ve just purchased a brand new set of tires or you already have thousands of miles on your existing set, proper wheel alignment is absolutely essential to maximizing the life of your tires. Without having your wheels properly aligned, your INFINITI may experience a harsher ride, compromised handling, and uneven tire wear. INFINITI of Easton has assembled this quick reference guide which explains the benefits of correct wheel alignment along with how the process works. Let’s take a closer look.
Wheel Alignment Explained
When talking about vehicle alignment, this terminology refers to the adjustment of the vehicle’s suspension. In other words, this is adjusting the system which connects your vehicle to its wheels. Simply put, this process ensures that your wheels and tires are positioned at the correct angles to allow proper contact with the road. There are three main aspects of proper vehicle alignment which we’ll cover below. All three work in tandem to achieve the correct wheel alignment when properly adjusted.
Camber – When viewed from the front of your vehicle, camber is the inward or outward angle of the tire. If this angle is too far inward or outward, excess stress is being placed on your ball joints, bearings, and other suspension components. In addition, your tires will begin to show uneven wear transitioning from the inner edge towards the outer edge.
Toe – Although similar to camber in theory, toe angle is measured when viewing your vehicle from above. If you’re confused about the difference, look down at your feet when standing upright. If your toes point inward towards the center of your body, it’s known as toe-in alignment. Toe-out alignment refers to the exact opposite, meaning your toes would be pointed outwards away from your body. Ideally, you’d want both of your feet (or wheels) pointed straight ahead.
Caster – Responsible for cornering, steering, and stability while in motion — caster is the angle of your steering axis when viewing your vehicle from the side. Positive caster means the steering axis is pointed towards the driver. Conversely, negative caster means that the steering axis is pointed away from the driver.
Signs or Symptoms of Improper Wheel Alignment
If you have concerns about your wheel alignment, the good news is that there are several common indications that your INFINITI may need some attention from the team of experts at INFINITI of Easton.
- Uneven tire wear – Take a look at your tires. Do they have more tread on the inner or outer edge compared to the center? Do you notice any strange patterns or marks in the tread compounds? If so, this is a very common sign that your vehicle needs an alignment.
- Vehicle pulling to the left or right – When driving straight down the road, is your vehicle starting to pull to one side? It’s probably time for an alignment.
- Steering wheel vibration – Caused by either uneven tire wear or damaged suspension components, a vibration felt in your steering wheel is yet another sign of a vehicle alignment issue.
- Off-center steering wheel – Have you noticed that your steering wheel is turned to the left or right slightly when traveling in a straight line? It’s time to let a factory-trained INFINITI technician inspect your vehicle.
Wheel Alignments at INFINITI of Easton
When you choose INFINITI of Easton for a wheel alignment service, you can rest easy knowing that your vehicle will receive expert attention from factory-trained INFINITI technicians who understand your vehicle inside and out. In addition, we have state-of-the-art wheel alignment tools, machines, and diagnostics to pinpoint and correct any issues your vehicle may currently be experiencing.
It’s only natural that you’d expect nothing but the best for your INFINITI vehicle. Don’t trust just any repair shop for your next wheel alignment. Trust our team of service professionals at INFINITI of Easton.