How to Tell if I need to Get an Alignment

suspension feeling off? Get an alignment

5/12/2017

Off-roading can wreck havoc on your truck, so it’s important to know how to tell if your lifted truck needs an alignment. When your alignment is out of whack you’ll go through tires faster and potentially do expensive damage to your truck.

When you get an alignment, the mechanic adjusts the angles of your wheels, which affects how they touch the road.

What are the Signs I Need an Alignment?

If you notice any of the following from the list below while driving, you should take your truck in to get looked at by a licensed mechanic:

Uneven wear on tires

Vehicle pulling to either the left or right when driving

You need to hold your steering wheel off center to drive straight

Your steering wheel is vibrating

Different Types of Uneven Tire Wear

Feathering

If your tire is well worn on one side, but not the other then that is feathering. This tends to be indicative of poor toe alignment.

Camber Wear

With camber wear either the interior or the exterior of the tread is much more worn than the center tread on the tire. When you see this on your truck it means either a positive or negative camber is causing the wear.

Heel or Toe Wear

Heel or toe wear is when a side of your tread wears down quicker than the other in a circumferential direction. If you are seeing this it could either mean under inflated tires or a lack of rotation.

How Does an Alignment Work?

There are three main things a certified mechanic looks for when performing an alignment:

Camber

Camber refers to how much the tire angles inward or outward from the car, negative camber and positive camber. Other things that may cause negative or positive camber are worn ball joints, bearings, or some other wheel suspension part.

Toe

From a birds-eye-view when your tires are angled inward that is referred to as toe in. When the tires are angled outward that is referred to as toe out. If your car is experiencing either of those situations an adjustment to the alignment is necessary.

Caster

Caster angle refers to the angle of the steering axis when the truck is observed from the side. A positive caster angle will have the steering axis tilting toward the driver. A negative caster will have the steering axis tilting towards the front of the truck.

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