Each vehicle has unique manufacturer specifications that need to be adhered to in order to achieve proper wheel and steering alignment. The wheel alignment of your vehicle is affected by the both the steering components and the suspension system, so these are the areas of your vehicle that will be evaluated and adjusted during a wheel alignment. It is amazing how much the handling of your vehicle can be improved through a simple wheel alignment. Athens drivers who have become accustomed to adjusting their steering to compensate for misalignment often don’t even realize they’ve been doing it until they experience the difference in how smoothly their vehicle steers after they’ve had a wheel alignment. Even the smallest misalignment can create a pull to the left or right when you drive and require the driver to manually compensate for it as they are steering. The wear on your tires will also be affected by improper wheel alignment, causing them to wear unevenly.
A wheel alignment consists of adjusting the wheels of your vehicle so that all wheels are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground. Three basic angles contribute to proper wheel alignment: camber, caster, and toe. Camber is the measure of the degree of perpendicular offset from the road surface. Caster is the angle of your wheel’s pivot, which is attached to the suspension, and when this angle is out of alignment, straight-line tracking is affected. Toe refers to the angle of directional difference between the tire and the centerline of the vehicle. The front and rear wheels on your vehicle should always be perpendicular to the ground and parallel to the tire beside it. Routine wheel alignments have the potential to save you money in the long run while promoting optimal vehicle performance.
A wheel alignment will keep your vehicle running safely and efficiently by promoting reduced tire wear, better gas mileage, and safer driving conditions. Wheels out of alignment will contribute to uneven tire wear. Uneven tread wear can be felt in a vehicle pulling to the right or left while in motion. Left untreated, wheel alignment issues have the potential to turn into steering and suspension issues, since driving with wheels out of alignment not only puts stress on your tires but also on suspension components. If your vehicle begins pulling to the right or left while driving, or if you feel a vibration in the steering wheel at higher speeds, contact us today for a wheel alignment service. Whether you are interested in a front wheel alignment, a rear wheel alignment, or a four wheel alignment, our experts will return your vehicle’s alignment to factory specifications.
Regular daily driving conditions like pot holes, excessive hard cornering, and curb bumps will cause your steering and suspension linkages to become misaligned. Unfortunately, misalignment may cause significant premature tire wear, costing you hundreds of dollars. If you have a luxury vehicle that has adaptive electronic steering, an unaligned vehicle could cause extensive damage. We use our state-of-the-art Hunter Alignment Measuring System to check your tire alignment in a 3D format, which allows us to measure your vehicle with live data as we adjust your steering to the correct manufacturer specifications. You should have your alignment checked as preventative maintenance every 15,000 miles to ensure the longest possible life of your tires. Learn more about which service is right for your vehicle on our Wheel Services Page.
Wheel alignment is an extremely important element of maintaining your car, truck, or SUV. Proper wheel alignment ensures that your car tracks straight down the road and turns correctly when you ask it to. Regular wheel alignments will also maximize the life of your tires. Georgia Square Collision uses a state-of-the-art Hunter Alignment Measuring System to check your tire alignment in a 3D format, which allows us to measure your vehicle with live data as we adjust your steering to the correct manufacturer specifications. This way we’re sure that your alignment is accurate and your steering wheel is straight.
Today’s alloy wheels are lightweight, attractive, and durable, which means that they are expensive to replace. Today’s alloy wheels can easily cost $300-500 per wheel! In many cases, damage to an alloy wheel can be repaired, saving hundreds of dollars versus the cost of a new replacement wheel. The team at Georgia Square Collision will inspect your damaged wheel and determine if a repair is possible, then have the alloy wheel professionally restored to its original condition.
We also offer a full-range of Tire Repair and Replacement Services!