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Wheel alignment, sometimes

referred to as breaking or tracking,

is part of standard automobile

maintenance that consists of

adjusting the angles of the wheels

so that they are set to the car

maker’s specification.

The purpose of these adjustments is to reduce tire wear, and to ensure that

vehicle travel is straight and true (without “pulling” to one side). Alignment

angles can also be altered beyond the maker’s specifications to obtain a specific

handling characteristic. Motorsport and off-road applications may call for angles

to be adjusted well beyond “normal” for a variety of reasons. All new vehicles

leave the factory with their alignment checked and adjusted. Usually the

technician paints the heads of the adjustment hardware to show it has been set,

also to show if it has moved later on. Under normal driving conditions many

vehicles can go 50 000 km+ before they need a new set of tires which is a good

interval to have the alignment checked as well. Any severe driving incidents, or

changed suspension components would also warrant a check. The typical

alignment on an economy sedan takes about an hour under ideal circumstances.

A utility or performance vehicle may require additional labor. When fasteners and

hardware are rusted/seized, extra time may be required and/or parts may need to

be replaced. A good start is to consult your local licensed automotive technician.

In the same fashion that you will wear out your shoes if you walk only on the

inside or outside edge, so your tires may become worn if not within allowed

specifications. Many performance vehicles sacrifice tire life for driving

performance. As the tire will bounce, it is the first spring that your car rides on,

affecting and potentially shortening the life of, all other components. Braking

distance, ride quality and even fuel economy are all affected by the correct

inflation and rotation of tires. A major national fuel savings program could be

seen by correctly inflated tires. If your vehicle squeals while turning corners on

dry pavement, it is probably time to have your alignment checked. (or slow down)

Changing rims and tires will normally not affect the alignment but will affect

secondary angles. Consult your local licensed automotive technician.

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