Wheel Alignment & Maintenance
Wheel alignment defines how the wheel-tire assemblies contact the steering/suspension components. When wheels are in alignment, they point straight, opposite wheels are parallel, and tires are perpendicular to the road. Wheel alignment service is routine maintenance that ensures straight tracking, optimal traction, and better safety. Routine wheel alignments every 12,000 miles protect against rapid tire wear, an unpleasant driving experience, and unsafe driving. Drivers should also know the warning signs of bad wheel alignment to get prompt maintenance regardless of miles.
Bad Wheel Alignment Warning Signs
Wheel alignment moves out of specifications from road incidents, such as slamming into potholes, nudging curbs when parking, or simple suspension component wear and tear with enough miles. We recommend getting a prompt wheel alignment check and corrective maintenance if you detect any of the bad wheel alignment warning signs:
- Vehicle pulls or veers to one side on a flat, straight road.
- Irregular, rapid, and uneven tire wear.
- Steering wheel is off-centered when driving straight.
- Tires squealing.
- Vibrations/shaking in the steering wheel or cabin.
- Tires losing pressure.
Four-Wheel Alignment Service Overview
A four-wheel alignment is for Toyota models with all-wheel-drive or 4x4 powertrains, including the Corolla, Tacoma, RAV4, and Tundra. We complete four-wheel alignment service according to certified Toyota standards. A factory-trained technician uses computerized wheel alignment equipment to measure the camber, caster, and toe-in at each wheel position. The suspension components are adjusted as needed to factory specifications. This is a technical service better left to the Toyota experts with sufficient factory training and high-tech wheel alignment equipment.