This refers to the tilted
direction of the wheels toward or away from one another when viewed from
the top. Toe is the most critical tire wearing angle. Tires that "toe-in"
point toward one another. Tires that "toe-out" point away from each other.
This refers to the tilt of the
wheels toward or away from one another when viewed from the front. Wheels
that tilt in toward the vehicle have "negative camber." Wheels that tilt
away from the vehicle have "positive camber."
Wheel alignment is the position
of the wheels relative to your car. When properly aligned, the wheels
point in the right direction. Without proper alignment, the wheels resist
your steering commands, as well as each other. Alignment also affects gas
mileage and tire wear. If your tires are pointed in different directions,
they fight against each other and can cause tread wear.
Computerized alignment equipment is used to measure all alignment angles
on today's cars. These include both adjustable and non-adjustable angles.
(Non-adjustable angles require repair or replacement of the suspension
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This refers to the angle of the
steering axis in relation to an imaginary vertical line through the center
of the wheel when viewed from the side. "Positive caster" is the term used
when the vertical line is tilted back toward the rear. If it's tilted
forward, we call it "negative caster." The proper caster angle stabilizes
your car for better steering.
This refers to the relationship of all four wheels to each other, as well as their relationship to an imaginary center line
from bumper to bumper. The term "thrust line" refers to the direction in which the rear wheels are pointed. Thrust angle is
correctable on cars with adjustable rear suspensions. If your car has a non-adjustable suspension, thrust angle is
compensated for by aligning the front wheels to the rear wheels.
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