Automotive Technology of West Islip offers tire alignment service to the Long Island communities of West Islip, Bayshore and North Babylon, NY.
What Are People Saying About Automotive Technology of West Islip?
- “The people are professional, caring, and they do an excellent job.”- Elaine Polin
- “Whenever I had an emergency issue with my car they always help me immediately.”- Maryann Ferrone
- “Service there by Greg and the staff is A+.”- Doreen Donofrio
What is a tire alignment?
A tire alignment -often called a wheel alignment- is an adjustment of a vehicle's suspension system. The suspension system is the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. Having properly aligned tires improves vehicle handling and keeps it from pulling in one direction and vibrating on the road. Maintaining your tire’s alignment also prolongs the life of your tires. Ask for an alignment when you purchase a new set of tires. You should also have your alignment checked annually, or at the first sign of improper handling or uneven wear.
Signs that your vehicle needs an alignment:
If your vehicle is displaying any of the following signs, you should bring it in and have it checked by one of our certified technicians as soon as possible.
- Uneven tire tread wear
- Vehicle pulling to the left or right
- Steering wheel is off center when driving straight
- Steering wheel vibration
- Vibrating noise coming from the tires -road noise when you drive
What do technicians look for during an alignment service?
When our technicians look over your tire alignment, their main concern will consist of three things: camber, toe, thrust, and caster angles.
- Camber- The inward or outward angle of the tire when viewed from the front of the vehicle is the camber. If a tire tilts too far inward or outward indicates that there is improper alignment and it should be adjusted. Camber misalignment can be caused by worn bearings, ball joints, and other wheel suspension
- Toe- Toe alignment is the extent to which your tires turn inward or outward when viewed from above. Stand up and point your toes inward toward the center of your body, when the tires on your car are angled the same way it is called toe-in alignment. Angle your feet outward and you have toe-out alignment. Both require adjustment.
- Thrust- Compares the direction that the rear axle is aimed with the centerline of the vehicle. It also confirms if the rear axle is parallel to its front axle and that the wheelbase on both sides of the vehicle is the same.
- Caster- The angle of your steering axis when viewed from the side of your vehicle is known as caster. The caster angle helps balance cornering, stability, and steering. Positive caster is when the steering axis points towards the driver. Negative caster is when the steering axis tilts toward the front of your vehicle.