How Does Truck and Trailer Alignment Work?
Alignment for heavy-duty trucks is all about making sure the wheels and suspension system are properly adjusted so that the vehicle can drive straight and handle properly. It's important to have the alignment checked and adjusted regularly, as uneven tire wear, steering problems, and other issues can arise if the alignment is off.
When we align a heavy-duty truck, we use special tools to measure the angles of the wheels and suspension components. We check things like the camber, which is the angle at which the wheels sit vertically; the toe, which is the angle at which the wheels point inwards or outwards; and the caster, which is the angle of the steering axis. We make adjustments as needed to bring these angles back to factory specifications.
When Should I Get My Truck Aligned?
Most manufacturers recommend getting your alignment checked and adjusted on a heavy-duty truck once every 12,000 to 20,000 miles or at least once a year. However, if you notice any of the following symptoms, it may be a good idea to have your alignment checked sooner:
- Uneven Tire Wear - If one or more of your tires are wearing down more quickly than the others, it could be a sign that your alignment is off.
- Pulling - If your truck seems to be pulling to one side while you're driving, it could be a sign that the wheels and suspension are not properly aligned.
- Vibrations - If you feel vibration in the steering wheel or seat while driving, it could be a sign that the wheels are not balanced or that the alignment is off.
- Steering issues - If your steering feels loose, tight, or hard to control, it could be a sign that the alignment is off.
It's important to keep an eye on these symptoms, as improper alignment can lead to costly repairs in the long run. It's always better to have it checked and corrected as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that in addition to scheduled alignment checks, It's also important to have the alignment checked after any significant event that could affect the alignment like hitting a pothole, curb or any accident. Call today to schedule an appointment for truck and trailer alignment.