Misaligned wheels are the result of worn or damaged steering and suspension parts.
Here are some common signs that you are dealing with wheels with poor alignment:
- your car seems to be drifting to one side, even when you think you're driving straight
- your steering wheel vibrates
- you are driving straight, but your steering wheel isn't centered
There are three aspects to an alignment.
- Caster - the tilt of the steering axis of each front wheel as viewed from the side of the vehicle.
- Camber - the tilt of the wheel from true vertical as viewed from the front of the vehicle. Like caster, camber is measured in degrees of an angle.
- Toe - how the wheels are aimed, as viewed from above.