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Two-Wheel Alignment


Two-Wheel Alignment

Aligning Your Front Wheels

The term two-wheel alignment, while it conveys the gist of the service does not accurately express the underlying problem; nor does the other term for the service, front end alignment, do any better. Yes, a two-wheel alignment service restores the two front wheels to their original parallel positioning, but it is actually the suspension that is responsible for their misalignment.

When You Need Your Wheels Aligned

Each time you drive through a pothole or go a little too far in a parking space and hit the concrete stop curb, you're adding to the misalignment. And that's where the suspension comes in. Since the suspension is the part of the car that connects the wheels to the rest of the vehicle, its components are what get whacked out of line. And when they do, three positioning properties angles are affected.

  • Camber, the inward or outward angle of the tire when viewed from the front of the vehicle
  • Toe, the inward or outward angle of the tire when viewed from above the vehicle
  • Caster refers to the view of the steering axis when viewed from the side of the vehicle, and helps balance steering, cornering, and stability

When these angles are positioned as they should be, your front wheels are pointing in the same direction, but should they stray too far in or out, and they are at odds with each other.

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Signs Your Car Needs a Two-Wheel Alignment

Your car will give hints that you may not even recognize at first. There may be subtle changes in its handling, such as a tendency to veer to the left or the right. Careful observation may reveal that although you're driving straight ahead, the steering wheel is off-center. Should you not notice or ignore these signs, it will up the ante with signals that are hard to miss like a vibrating steering wheel.

Driving on misaligned wheels accelerates uneven tire wear which, in turn, affects their driving performance. So you'll find yourself buying new tires sooner than you expected to. Keep driving on them, and you may find that it's hard to keep the car driving in a straight line.

Scheduling Regular Wheel Alignments

In addition to the primary one, your driving safety, the list of benefits you'll reap by attending to your car's wheel alignment makes for pleasant reading.

  • Longer lasting tires
  • A smoother drive
  • Better gas mileage since it no longer requires as much energy to keep the car heading straight ahead
  • Better handling

There is no hard and fast rule about how often you should have your wheels aligned, or even how often to have the alignment checked. It mostly comes down to the driving experience. However, the best way is to have the certified technicians at Rolling Hills Nissan in St. Joseph, MO use their state-of-the-art alignment measuring equipment to check the camber, toe, and castor the next time you have your car serviced. If they find it is indeed in need of an alignment, they have the precision tools to set it back to factory specifications.

Rolling Hills Nissan Service Center

When you come to Rolling Hills Nissan in St Joseph, MO for any vehicle maintenance, we try our best to make your time in our comfortable customer waiting for lounge pass as pleasurable as possible by providing free WiFi and HDTV, a collection of newspapers, and magazines, and, of course complimentary coffee, beverages and snacks. But should you not be able to wait for your car, you can avail yourself of our early drop off and after hours pick up and drop off. We're within convenient driving distance of Elwood, KS and Savannah, MO.


Complimentary Service Center Amenities

  • Customer Lounge
  • Flat Screen TVs
  • Refreshments & Snacks
  • WiFi
  • Magazines & Newspapers
  • Fresh Baked Cookies
  • Keurig Drinks
  • Early Bird Drop Off
  • After Hours Drop/Pick Up

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