A wheel alignment greatly influences your vehicle’s performance. If your vehicle is misaligned, it can cause the tires to wear unevenly, and you may experience handling problems such as pulling or abnormal vibration.
Although adjustments to wheel alignment and tire balancing are not necessary on a regular basis, you should consider getting an alignment check if there is unusual tire wear or if the vehicle is significantly pulling to one side or the other.
Camber is the tilting of the wheels from the vertical when viewed from the front of the vehicle. When the wheels tilt outward at the top, the camber is positive. When the wheels tilt inward at the top, the camber is negative. The amount of tilt is measured in degrees from the vertical. Camber settings influence the directional control and the tire wear.
Caster is the tilting of the uppermost point of the steering axis either forward or backward, when viewed from the side of the vehicle. A backward tilt is positive and a forward tilt is negative. Caster influences directional control of the steering but does not affect tire wear. Caster is affected by the vehicle height; therefore, it is important to keep the body at its designed height. Overloading the vehicle or a weak or sagging rear spring will affect caster. When the rear of the vehicle is lower than its designated trim height, the front suspension moves to a more positive caster. If the rear of the vehicle is higher than its designated trim height, the front suspension moves to a less positive caster.
Check your Owner’s Manual for more information about wheel alignment and tire balance on your specific vehicle.
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