STEERING / ALIGNMENT / SUSPENSION

Comprehensive Steering, Alignment and Suspension Services

Outstanding Wheel Alignment Services

What would happen if you gave an Olympic long-distance runner two different types of athletic shoes to run his next race? Chances are his performance would suffer. The same can be said about your car's driving potential if its alignment isn't correctly positioned. When vehicle alignment is not proportioned correctly, two issues may occur:
  1. Driving becomes more expensive
  2. Driving becomes more dangerous
Driving in a vehicle without proper alignment is an expensive enterprise. Not only does flawed alignment decrease gas mileage and tire life, it also adds stress to other vehicle components, including steering equipment and overall structural damage. Ideally, your vehicle's wheels should be perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. 

Adjusting the angles of the wheels, so that they meet these criteria is how our service professionals ensure your vehicle is properly aligned.
Parallelogram steering

Our Wheel Alignment Services

Driving in a vehicle without proper alignment is a dangerous idea and can result in a possibly fatal situation. Excessive tire wear—another result of bad car alignment—can lead to tire blow-outs and poor traction, which also has potentially disastrous consequences. That is why it is imperative you let our alignment experts make sure you are driving smoothly and safely. 

Your vehicle's alignment can be impacted by numerous factors. An obvious indication that you require our computerized alignment service is a major or minor collision that results in physical damage to your vehicle's frame. Steering problems or the presence of uneven wear patterns on your tires are clear signs that demand immediate attention. But alignment problems don't only occur by collisions and accidents; problems can arise by something as small as driving over a pothole, or grazing over a curb. The following descriptions are symptomatic alignment variations you should look for in order to determine if you require our computerized alignment services.

  • Caster: Caster is used in describing the angle of a steering pivot, as seen from the side of the vehicle and measured in degrees. Caster alignment plays a large role in evaluating the "feel" of steering and the stability of high-speed transportation. Three to five degrees of positive caster is typical for most vehicles, and lower angles for heavier vehicles are used to keep steering comfortable. A faulty caster angle will cause loose or difficult steering.
  • Camber: Camber is the angle of the wheel in relation to a vertical direction (seen from the front or rear of the car). A negative camber measurement occurs when a wheel leans toward the chassis; a positive measurement points the wheel away from the car. An ideal camber angle assures optimal tire efficiency, proper steering control, and a precautionary "anti-roll" directive that engineers have adapted into vehicle designs to negate the effects of a body roll. A faulty camber angle will create pulling and tire wear.

  • Toe: Like camber and caster, toe is measured by degrees and is another basic aspect of suspension tuning. When a pair of wheels is placed with their front edges pointed toward each other, the pair is defined as "toe-ins." If the front edges point away from each other, the pair is defined as "toe-outs." Essentially, a toe changes the distance between the front and back of the rear tires, and a faulty toe angle will wear down your tires.
When your wheels are properly aligned, you'll get:
  • Tires that last longer
  • Easier steering
  • Improved gas mileage
  • Smoother ride
  • Safer, more secure driving
Rack and pinion steering

Shocks

Knowing when your shocks and struts need replacement isn't something that comes to the average car owner without exerting some effort. Shocks and struts are critically-important suspension components. They not only absorb road shocks and improve the quality of your ride, they also keep your tires in contact with the road. Moreover, these critical suspension parts play a major role in braking performance and vehicle steering.

Some engineers recommend they should be replaced every 50,000 miles. Of course, that's an average. The recommended change interval could be greater or less, depending on the driver, the type of vehicle, and road conditions. If your vehicle is approaching the 50,000-mile mark, bring it in for a free suspension checkup. If it is necessary to replace your shock absorbers or struts, we will install quality brands that come with a full manufacturer's warrantyIn additions to auto shock and strut replacement, we offer general vehicle suspension and steering mechanism services, including maintenance and parts replacement.
Tire service

Tire Services

We will be happy to inspect your tires for uneven wear or other problems before we rotate them. If tire balancing is necessary, we are fully equipped to do it. Your car or truck owner’s manual should recommend a tire rotation interval. If no such interval is specified, you should have your tires rotated every 5,000 miles. After tire rotation, we will check tire pressure to match the manufacturer's recommendations. Sometimes different pressures are specified for the front and rear tires.

Stop by and see the latest we have to offer in tires and tire technology. With names like Bridgestone, Firestone, Dayton, and Fuzion in stock or just a phone call away, we know you’ll find what you need.
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"I have Angelo's Townline to thank for the 250,000+ miles on my car. The attention to detail and exemplary service over the years have been superb. I would recommend Angelo's Townline to anyone who wants honest, reliable service."

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