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Misconceptions and Myths:

Raleigh Alignment Misconceptions #1:

“My Chevy Silverado does not pull or drift so the alignment must be OK.”
There are multiple tire angles involved in a proper vehicle alignment. Some can cause the truck or car to pull. Others can cause uneven tire wear but no pull. It is very possible to have a vehicle with no pull and severe uneven tire wear. Or a car could have a bad pull and no unusual tire wear. For more information about tire angles and pulling click here for  our alignment page.
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Raleigh Alignment Misconceptions #2:

“I have new tires so the pull in my Toyota Camry must be a result of a misalignment.”
It is somewhat common for tires to be the source of a pull. New tires or old tires can cause a pull.  A defect in a new tire may cause a radial tire pull that is often worse than an alignment induced drift. The better the quality of tire the less likely it will have or develop a radial pull. Older tires may be damaged from an impact or puncture that can result in internal tire damage. This can also cause a radial pull or drift. Also, keep in mind most roads are crowned or sloped for water runoff which can result in a drift as well. See our tire page for more information about tires. Click here for Tires information or here for Tire Wear information.

Raleigh Alignment Misconceptions #3:

“My Honda Accord is vibrating at high speeds so the alignment must be out.”
It is extremely rare for an alignment issue to cause any type of shake or vibration. It is possible to have a worn suspension component that could cause or amplify a vibration. The alignment itself is most likely not the source.  Here at Brown’s Alignment in Raleigh we check the suspension of each car before each alignment for worn or loose parts.

Raleigh Alignment Misconceptions #4:

“My Hyundai Sonata’s steering wheel is not straight so I assume my alignment is off.”
This one is technically true, it just needs some clarification. The toe adjustments are used to set the total toe ( left side plus right side) and to center the steering wheel. The actual position of the steering wheel, however, is cosmetic. It could be off center in either direction and the total toe still within the manufacturers specifications. Simply put, the steering wheel could be off center and yet you could still have even wear on the tires.

An important note here – if the position of the steering wheel changes for any reason outside of an alignment your alignment has very likely been adversely effected.

Raleigh Alignment Misconceptions #5:

“I have a two wheel drive car, Nissan Maxima, so I only need a two wheel alignment.”
Many two wheel drive vehicles have adjustments in the rear. The number of drive wheels does not determine the type of wheel alignment required. The built in adjustments vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and from model to model. Our state of art computerized Hunter alignment machine will automatically check all four wheels on your vehicle to determine the appropriate adjustments needed.  If a vehicle has rear adjustments you adjust them first then adjust the front in relation to the rear.

Raleigh Alignment Misconceptions #6:

“My Ford Taurus does not hold an alignment.”
If you have a persistent problem with premature tire wear on your vehicle there are several possible solutions. For example, “Set the toe and let it go”. This is  a saying in the alignment business that has been around for many years. It is the quick, easy alignment. Unfortunately this philosophy ignores the camber and caster angles which can create as much or more damage to your tires as the toe angle. Another possibility is that your cars camber angle is out of the manufacturers specified range however it is not adjustable. Meaning the manufacturer did not build in an adjustment when designing the car.  Many cars now have corrective repair kits available that can be added to your car to make a specific alignment angle adjustable. Some shops may not have the inclination or experience to offer optional these repairs. Brown’s Alignment specializes in knowing which kits are available and appropriate for your car.  Tire maintenance, including frequent air pressure checks and rotations, is also a commonly overlooked factor that will create uneven wear even if your alignment is perfect.

We will be adding more Raleigh alignment misconceptions as they arise.

For more information about tire angles and pulling click here for our alignment  page.
Click here to visit our Alignment questions page.

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