Understanding Wheel Alignment
If you notice your vehicle is pulling to one side, your steering wheel is vibrating, or your tires are wearing unevenly, then it is time for a wheel alignment at Muffler Man Mechanical in Grande Prairie, AB, CA. Wheel alignment is one of your vehicle’s most important maintenance services to ensure safe driving. It is essential in maximizing your tire’s lifespan and preventing costly repairs. If you notice any signs of a wheel alignment problem, schedule an appointment with us immediately at 780-532-0317. Our shop is south of Costco at 9455 116 Street, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 6S7, and we are always here to answer questions or help solve a problem with your vehicle.
There are many essential parts and factors of wheel alignment. Camber refers to the vertical angle of your wheel. It is essential to ensure that your car’s camber is in line with the manufacturer’s specifications to maintain optimal handling and steering. If your car’s camber is off, then you may experience uneven tire wear, pulling to one side, or squealing tires. Caster refers to the angle of the steering axis, and it plays a significant role in your car’s stability and steering. The proper alignment of caster ensures that your vehicle has the necessary straight-line stability and cornering ability. If your caster is not in line with the manufacturer’s specifications, you may experience poor handling, difficulty steering, and uneven tire wear. Toe refers to the horizontal angle of your car’s wheels. It is one of the essential factors in wheel alignment. If your vehicle’s toe is not in line with the manufacturer’s specifications, your tires will wear unevenly, and your car may drift away from the center of the road. Proper alignment of toe is necessary for better tire life, cornering, and handling. Wheelbase refers to the distance between your car’s front and rear wheels. If your car’s wheelbase is off, it can affect the steering, handling, and stability of your vehicle. Your mechanic will adjust the wheelbase to ensure that your car is in line with the manufacturer’s specifications.
Common problems that you may experience include worn ball joints, unbalanced tires, damaged steering, worn suspension, and poor driving conditions. Worn ball joints can cause vibration, uneven tire wear, and poor handling. Unbalanced tires can cause wobbling, vibration, and steering problems. Damaged steering can cause wandering, play in the steering wheel, and uneven tire wear. Worn suspension can cause a bumpy ride, poor handling, and pulling to one side. Poor driving conditions, such as potholes, curbs, and rough terrain, can throw your wheel alignment off balance.
Full Service Auto Repair for Your Car Care Needs
We are a family-owned, full-service auto repair shop that can help you with all your wheel alignment needs. If you experience common problems or poor driving conditions, it is essential to have your wheel alignment checked by one of our expert technicians at Muffler Man Mechanical. We offer a 40+ point inspection with every service to catch any issues before they become expensive problems. With our excellent customer service, 24-hour key drop-off, free WiFi, and coffee and refreshments, you can have peace of mind knowing that your vehicle is in good hands. Visit our shop today to see the Muffler Man way!