Vehicle Alignments in Lake Geneva, WI
Are you looking to keep your vehicle on the straight and narrow in Lake Geneva, WI? The mechanic at GLP Automotive can and will help. We offer expert vehicle alignments for all makes and models of vehicles. Our experienced technicians use the latest and most advanced equipment to adjust your wheel measurements to exact specifications.
What Is a Wheel Alignment?
A wheel alignment — also known as a tire alignment — doesn’t involve adjusting your wheels or tires. Instead, wheel alignments involve adjusting your vehicle’s suspension and steering system that connects to your wheels. A wheel alignment is crucial for keeping your car in peak condition.
Failure to have wheel alignments can cause damage to your tires and lead to them wearing out prematurely. Misalignments can also cause your vehicle to pull and your steering wheel off-center. Fortunately, the auto repair technicians at GLP Automotive offer fast and affordable wheel alignments to keep you on the straight and narrow.
How Does a Wheel Alignment Work?
A wheel alignment involves adjusting the angles of your wheels to the manufacturer’s manufacturer’s exact specifications. The purpose of the wheel alignment is to reduce wear and tear, ensure your vehicle tracks straight, and meet the manufacturer’s handling specifications. Our tech will measure and adjust three different angles during the wheel alignment: camber, toe, and caster.
The Camber Angle
Camber is the outward or inward angle of your tire when viewed from the front of your vehicle. Too much inward tilt is called negative camber, while too much outward tilt is called positive camber. Either one would need to be adjusted appropriately.
The Toe Angle
The toe angle is the extent to which your tires turn outward or inward when viewed from above. Whenever the tires on your vehicle are angled inward, it’s called toe-in alignment, while toe-out alignment is when the tires are turned outward. Both of these situations require tire adjustment.
The Caster Angle
The caster angle helps balance cornering, stability, and steering. Specifically, this is the angle of your steering axis when viewed from the side. While a negative caster means the steering axis tilts toward the vehicle’s front, the steering axis tilts toward the driver with a positive caster angle.
How Do I Know I Need a Tire Alignment?
Tire alignment ensures your tires meet the road at the right angle, which is when your tires are centered in the wheel wells, and your wheels are pointing straight. When your tires are out of alignment, the alignment service brings them back into the factory-recommended measurements for proper road contact, best gas mileage, and extended tire life. Here are some common signs or situations where you should have wheel alignment:
- You’ve recently lifted or lowered your vehicle.
- You have recently gotten new tires installed.
- You have had certain suspension parts or components adjusted or replaced.
- You have recently been in a fender-bender.
- You had a hard impact with road debris, a curb, or a pothole.
- If it has been a year since your last wheel alignment
- You notice uneven wear on your tires
- You feel your vehicle pulling to one side.
- You notice your steering wheel is off-center.
Contact GLP Automotive for Expert Wheel Alignment in Lake Geneva, WI
At GLP Automotive, we offer state-of-the-art tools and certified, experienced technicians, to get your vehicle back in line. Best of all, we can do so in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost compared to dealerships and other independent repair facilities.
Contact GLP Automotive today for fast and affordable wheel alignments in Lake Geneva, WI.