An alignment adjusts the driving angles of your suspension. The goal is to make sure that your tires and wheels are centered with your steering wheel and the road. There are three phases to an alignment, Camber, Caster, and Toe.
Camber– This is how your wheel tilts when viewed from the front or the back. A camber reading out of specification can cause inner or outer tread wear.
Caster– The caster is the measurement of the wheel front or backward when looking at the side of a vehicle. Out of adjustment caster can make the vehicle feel like it isn’t going straight.
Toe– Toe is the angle at which the wheel points. When the steering wheel is straight both wheels should be pointed straight forward. Bad toe measurements can cause tire wear!
If you are at a shop that is not performing all three phases you may still have issues when you leave! Make sure to ask about doing all three phases of the alignment!