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Common Wheel Alignment Issues

It’s Time for Service!

If your steering is pulling unusually or your tires are wearing out faster than normal, it may be time for a wheel alignment service. Check out these common misalignment issues and learn why you need to visit a quality shop in Lake Zurich to restore precision alignment of your wheels.

Positive or Negative Camber

The camber of your wheels describes one angle. Look at your vehicle from the front and see if the wheels are angled slightly to one side or the other. If the top is leaning toward the outside of your vehicle, you have a positive camber. Tops that are leaning in are considered negative camber. These positions are measured in degrees.

It’s important to ensure your camber is even between the two front wheels. If you have extreme positive or negative camber, your wheels will experience an uneven wear pattern. Uneven camber will cause your vehicle to pull to one side as you drive.

Uneven Caster

Similar to camber, caster can cause uneven wear or unusual pulls as you drive. Your front wheels are attached on a pivot to your suspension system. The angle of this pivot, viewed from the side, is called caster. It’s difficult to view the caster of your tires without professional tools, so stop by a local auto shop to have the angles checked to ensure optimal wheel alignment.

Toe-in or Toe-out

When the distance between the front edge of your tires is less than the back end of your tires, your tires are toe-in. Toe-out is the opposite, with the front edges further out than the back edges. Both of these can create driving and wear issues, so be sure to have any unusual toe measurements adjusted promptly.

Restore Your Wheel Alignment in Lake Zurich, Illinois

Schedule wheel alignment services today at Alpine Automotive in Lake Zurich, Illinois for affordable and precise adjustments. We’ll work with you to carefully measure your tires with precision equipment to discover any alignment issues. ASE-certified technicians can adjust your tires and perform any other necessary repairs to keep your vehicle driving safely. Enjoy 24 months and 24,000 miles of warranty on all our repairs and maintenance services.


Wheel Alignment