Wheel alignment, sometimes referred to as pulling or tracking, is part of standard automobile maintenance that consists of adjusting the angles of wheels so that they are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground.
The purpose of these adjustments is to reduce tyre wear, and to ensure that the vehicle travel is straight and true (without “pulling” to one side). Alignment angles can also be altered beyond the maker’s specifications to obtain a specific handling characteristic. Motorsport and off-road applications may call for angles to be adjusted well beyond “normal”, for a variety of reasons.
Signs you might need a wheel alignment:
- Tyres wearing unevenly
- Car ‘pulling’ to one side
- Shaking or vibration in your steering wheel