We’ve all had a flat tire at one point in time. Sometimes the tire gets punctured by a nail or other sharp object, and other times it just blows out. Blowouts can be one of the most frightening experiences of your life, especially if you’re driving at highway speeds. There are three main causes of blowouts, Improper inflation, overloading, and potholes.
As we enter into the summer blowout season, it’s important to understand that there is one big factor that underlies all three of these common causes of blowouts, tire wear, and tear. As you drive, your tire’s treads wear down, and normally is should wear down evenly. However, if your wheel alignment is off, then your tires will wear in some spots more than others vastly increasing the chance of a blowout.
What is Wheel Alignment
Your alignment is how straight and even your tires are on the road. It is a function of the suspension and deals with adjusting the angles of the tires so that they make even contact with the road.
Do You Need an Alignment
There are a few sure signs that you need to have your alignment checked
- Uneven tread wear
- Vehicle pulling left or right
- Steering wheel off center while driving
- Steering Wheel Vibration
What Gets Adjusted
There are three main angles that a technician looks at when adjusting your alignment.
This is the inward or outward tilt of the tire when viewed from the front. Too much inward or outward tilt leads to uneven tread wear.
The Toe is the inward or outward tilt of the wheels when viewed from above. Both tires should tilt the same way. When they tilt in opposite directions they are out of alignment.
Caster angle balances steering and stability. Caster is the tilt of the tire either toward the driver, or the front of the vehicle when viewed from the side of the vehicle. Caster needs to be on the centerline.
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