Driving Straight

Posted February 15, 2013

As a driver, you can’t predict what you’ll encounter on the roads in Corpus Christi. But with a wheel alignment, your tires will last longer, you’ll get better gas mileage, and you’ll have a safer drive.

Suspension connects your vehicle to its wheels and provides an even, safe drive over uneven streets. Parts of your vehicle’s suspension can bend over time from collisions with curbs and potholes. When these parts alter shape, your wheels become misaligned and cause your car pull to either side. This also means your tires will wear quickly and unevenly.

Camber is the angle of the wheel (measured in degrees) when viewed from the front side of the vehicle. When a pair of wheels has their leading edges pointed slightly towards each other, the wheel pair is considered to have a “toe-in” or a negative camber. If the top of the wheels are leaning out from the center of the car, then the camber is “toe-out” or positive. Extreme camber angles can wear out tires unevenly, reduce cornering performance, and affect gas mileage.

Misaligned wheels cause tires to “scrub” or skid along the road at odd angles, wearing them down and decreasing their lifespan. Your car burns more fuel when turning misaligned wheels, resulting in poor fuel economy. Safety also becomes an issue as misaligned wheels impact the handling of the car.

Your vehicle’s suspension has many adjustable components that allow our ASE-Certified mechanics, the best in Corpus Christi, to correct the wheel’s camber. Our technicians use special equipment to make sure that when you leave our shop, your wheels are straight.

As an auto repair shop, we recommend you have an alignment once a year. If you notice that you have to constantly fight the steering wheel to keep the car straight, stop by or call us right away at (361) 444-1355 to have your alignment corrected!

Categories: Alignment, Preventative Maintenance, Tires and Wheels

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