American Fork Auto Repair Tips: Driving Straight

You never know what you’ll encounter on the roads in American Fork. But when a local mechanic performs a wheel alignment on your vehicle, you’ll have more controlled handling, get better gas mileage, and have a safer drive.

Suspension connects your vehicle to its wheels and helps smooth out those bumpy roads. Your car’s suspension can bend over time from collisions with curbs and potholes, causing wheels to become crooked and your tires to wear quickly and unevenly.

Camber is the angle of the wheel (measured in degrees) when viewed from the front side of the vehicle. When a pair of wheels has their leading edges pointed slightly towards each other, the wheel pair is considered to have a “toe-in” or a negative camber. If the top of the wheels are leaning out from the center of the car, then the camber is “toe-out” or positive. Extreme camber angles can wear out tires unevenly, reduce cornering performance, and lower gas mileage.

Misaligned wheels cause tires to skid along the road, wearing them down and significantly decreasing their lifespan. Misaligned wheels cause your tires to work against each other, forcing your car to burn more fuel.

Your vehicle’s suspension has adjustable components that allow our mechanics, the best in the American Fork area, to fix the wheel’s camber. We use special equipment to ensure when you leave our shop, your wheels are straight.

As an auto repair shop, we recommend having a wheel alignment once a year to maintain tire tread and optimal gas mileage. If you notice that you have to frequently fight the steering wheel to keep a straight path, stop by or call us right away at (801) 756-2661 to have your alignment corrected!

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