Kanata Wheel Maintenance 101
If your car is out of alignment you’ll experience uneven and/or rapid tire wear, drifting off to one side or another, etc. Getting wheel alignment will correct three types of angles:
- Camber – The angle of the wheel when viewed from the front of the vehicle
- Caster – The angle of the steering pivot as seen from the side of the vehicle
- Toe – The direction the tires point, relative to each other
Imperfections, blemishes in rubber and damage to a tire or rim can throw a wheel out of balance. This causes one section of the tire or rim to be heavier and the tire will wobble as it goes down the road. The bouncing can often be heard, as well as felt in the steering wheel. If your car wheel is out of balance you’ll likely notice vibration in the steering wheel, seat or floorboard and scalloped or cupped wear patterns on the tires. Wheels should be balanced any time tires are rotated or repaired.
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