Wheel Alignment

A front end or wheel alignment is probably the most misunderstood service on a vehicle. The front end alignment is blamed for everything from poor handling to tire wear. It is believed to fix a host of ills! The truth is, it takes scores of parts and systems to keep your car driving straight down the road. Like all things in an automobile, it takes a system.

The tires make contact with the road and allow driver control. They are secured to the frame and pivot on parts attached by various bearings and specially designed ball and sockets. These parts must not have any play or slack in them. The smallest amount of slack will cause tire wear and safety issues.

These parts include:

  • Tie rods
  • Rack and pinion
  • Control arms
  • Ball joints
  • Struts and shocks
  • Tires
  • Wheel bearings
  • Various sway bars and bushings
  • Power steering pump
  • Gear box
  • Pitman arm

Steering problems are often left undetected or ignored. It is amazing how many clients will request a wheel alignment, and when dangerously worn steering and suspension parts are discovered, the customer declines the repair! Proper repair of worn steering parts is critical to driver safety. A vehicle with a detached steering and suspension linkage is fairly common. Often times the driver is going down the highway and experiences total lack of steering!

Tire wear and tire pull are the most common type of complaints we hear when a customer requests a wheel alignment. More often than not, the cause is a separated tire or worn steering component. If you are in need of steering and wheel alignment in Austin, TX, call us today at (512) 326-3474 to schedule your appointment!!

What’s Included in My Wheel Alignment?

A properly performed wheel alignment will include:

  • An inspection of the tires
  • An inspection of the wheel bearings
  • An inspection of the shocks and struts
  • An inspection of the suspension
  • An inspection of the steering linkage
  • An inspection of the power steering system including leaks

If the inspection reveals any issues with any of these parts, they must be replaced before the vehicle can be properly and safely aligned. When you need steering and wheel alignment in Austin, TX, call Leonard’s Garage at (512) 326-3474!