Nissan Wheel Alignment in Springfield
We often get questions from our service customers concerning wheel alignment. Some ask, “How did my wheels get out of alignment?” or “Why do I need a wheel alignment?” Generally speaking, you’ll be able to tell there’s an alignment issue because your car will pull to one side or the other (try letting go of the wheel – cautiously – as you drive forward and see if it goes to one side or the other), or your steering wheel may vibrate during braking. If you look at your tires, you may notice that they’re wearing down faster than normal in certain spots (usually the inside or outside edges) since the misalignment is causing them to no longer meet the road surface the way they’re supposed to.
What Causes Wheel Misalignment?
Over time and miles, your wheels will be forced out of alignment as a result of on-road hazards such as large bumps and potholes, curbs, or fender benders. Even general wear from repeated smaller bumps can shift the wheels out of position, eventually making steering and handling less precise – and even unsafe. Any time you take your vehicle in for a service related to its tires (like a rotation), it’s a good idea to have the alignment checked as well. Regular alignment inspection and service can help you dodge costly repairs, since your tires and suspension components will last longer.
Fixing Wheel Alignment
When your car is in for service, it will be placed on an alignment rack, where sensors will measure the alignment angles. During this process, the camber, toe, and caster angles will be measured and adjusted according to manufacturer specifications. The camber refers to the inward or outward angle of the wheels as viewed from the front. If they’re positioned in either direction, they will need to be adjusted. The toe angles are inspected for the same inward (toe-in) and outward (toe-out) positions of the wheels, but from the top of the vehicle rather than the front. The last checkpoint is for the caster angle, or the steering axis as viewed from the side. If the caster angle is negative, this means it’s facing toward the road, and when it’s positive, it’s facing toward the driver. Both need to be neutralized for optimal road performance and safety, since poor alignment will directly affect overall steering and stability.
For exceptional service, consider having your wheel alignment taken care of by Balise Nissan of West Springfield’s certified technicians. With their remarkable working knowledge and the ability to tackle all Nissan service requirements with professionalism and attention to detail, these experienced pros will treat your vehicle like it’s their own. And when it comes to something as important as wheel alignment, that kind of peace of mind goes a long way.