Wheel alignment typically concerns an adjustment of the angle in your vehicle’s front and rear-wheels so that all wheels remain perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. Necessary wheel alignment adjustments will help improve tire life and save you money in the long run. Our wheel alignment service will begin and end by using the best system alignment machine in the industry which is a Bee Line LC7500. Our mechanics will check for tire wear patterns of your vehicle before performing an alignment and during the wheel alignment service, our mechanics will check the three basic angles of alignment which are camber, caster, and toe. Camber is the angle of the wheel when viewed from the front of your vehicle. Usually, this view offers a view on whether or not the wear in the tire’s thread is uneven from either side of the tire. If the tire’s thread is uneven, this may cause a pulling problem in the ride of your vehicle.
Computer Alignment System
The LC7500 Laser Guided Computer Wheel Alignment System that we use can significantly lower your operating cost by providing the proper alignment, increase productivity therefore improving your trucks potential profit. Advanced features and functionality of our state-of-the-art alignment machine is key to our success and no one does it better than we do.
Positioning the interrelated angles of a front suspension and rear axle for maximum tire life, lower rolling resistance and ease of steering. Ideally, when a truck is traveling in a straight line, all of the axles are parallel – and perpendicular to the vehicle centerline – and all of the tires are rolling in a straight line too. Alignment isn’t just for tractor steer and drive tires – it’s for trailer tandems too. Misaligned trailer axles will cause irregular wear on the trailer tires and the power unit tires.
Wheel alignment is the positioning of the interrelated angles of a front suspension, rear axle or housing to give the maximum amount of tire life, steering ease, steering stability and increased life of suspension components. Improper wheel alignment results in excessive or irregular tire wear, hard steering, poor drivability and premature failure of suspension parts. Several alignment factors must be considered in order to achieve proper wheel alilgnment. The top four factors are Toe, Tracking, Camber and Caster.
Toe and Tracking
Toe and tracking are the two most critical alignment settings for front end tire wear.
Our advance alignment machine incorporates lasers to measure for proper steer axle toe. Toe is adjustable to reduce tire wear and reduce (eliminate) shimmy (vibration) in the steering wheel. Excess or too little toe will make the front wheels fight each other, thus increasing wear. An out-of-toe condition leads to rapid inside or outside wear of steer tires. Tracking misalignment will also cause irregular tire wear in the steer tires. Tracking, or thrust, is gauged relative to the vehicle centerline.
Camber and Caster
Camber and Caster are the third and fourth most critical alignment settings for front end tire wear.
Camber is defined as the inward or outward tilt of the top of the wheel. It is important for several reasons; the main purpose of camber is to keep the tire flat on the road while the vehicle is loaded and in motion. If camber is excessive, it will create shoulder wear.
Our state-of-the-art computerized alignment system utilizes lasers, which are more accurate than manual or infrared sensors. The bright laser beams are highly visible and show any alignment errors on the vehicle. Our lasers provide the most accurate alignment than most conventional systems used in other alignment centers. While most systems only measure to one hundredths of an inch (0.01), ours uses a system capable of measuring alignment variables to five thousandths of an inch (0.005).