Champs Family Automotive’s Complete Wheel & Tire Alignment Services
We know you have a lot of things to keep in line in your life, which is why you should trust the experts at Champs Family Automotive in Surprise and Goodyear, AZ with all your auto alignment needs. Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians have all the tools, technology, and expertise necessary to get the job done right so that you can get back on the road safely. Whether you know much about alignments or not, they’re a big job that should be left to the professionals, and we’ve prepared some information for you to help you become more educated on this all-important aspect of your vehicle. Contact Champs Family Automotive today for all your auto & Diesel alignment and repair needs.
Tire Alignments Explained
So, what exactly is a tire or wheel alignment? To put it simply, it’s a service that will help your tires perform properly and last longer. Alignments are also good ways to improve handling and make sure your vehicle doesn’t pull in one direction or vibrate abnormally while you’re driving. When it comes to wheel alignments, it’s all about the angles. The experienced professional technicians at Champs Family Automotive in Surprise & Goodyear, AZ will ensure that your vehicle’s tires are angled correctly, meaning they’re level with the ground, parallel to each other, and pointing straight ahead. This will make handling your vehicle much easier. Tire alignments also help keep you safe and save you money because you won’t need to have your tires replaced nearly as often as you would without this valuable service. The best time to do an alignment is before you begin to experience a problem.
Signs You Need a Wheel Alignment
If you don’t know much about wheel alignments, how can you possibly know if or when you need the service? There are a few tell-tale signs that it’s time to bring your vehicle to the trusted neighborhood mechanics at Champs Family Automotive in Surprise & Goodyear, AZ. Like many other auto & Diesel repair services, you shouldn’t put off getting your alignment checked because the problems will get worse over time. The four most common signs that you need an alignment performed on your vehicle are uneven tread wear, steering wheel vibration, your vehicle pulling to the right or left, and your steering wheel being off-center when you’re driving straight are just some of the symptoms you may notice when needing an alignment.
Cambers, Casters, and Toes (Oh My!)
The professionally-trained and certified technicians at Champs Family Automotive will check out three important aspects of your vehicle when performing a tire alignment: the camber, caster, and toe.
- Camber – The camber is the inward or outward angle of the tire, as viewed from the front. If there’s too much inward or outward tilt, the result will be negative or positive camber, which means there’s an improper alignment that needs adjusting. Other parts of your car, including worn bearings and ball joints, can also contribute to camber misalignment.
- Caster – Your vehicle’s caster angle helps with stability, steering, and cornering. The caster angle is the angle of your steering axis as viewed from the front. Positive caster means that the steering axis tilts toward the driver, while negative caster means that the steering axis tilts to the front.
- Toe – Your vehicle’s toe alignment has to do with the extent to which your tires turn outward or inward as viewed from the front. This can be a bit confusing, but just stand up for a moment and take a look down at your feet. Turn them inward, and you have the equivalent of toe-in alignment with your vehicle. If you turn your feet outward, you now have toe-out alignment. Both of these issues need an alignment to be adjusted properly.
Complete Auto Alignment Services in Surprise & Goodyear, AZ
Auto alignments are important services to keep your vehicle performing its best. Champs Family Automotive specializes in 2-wheel alignment 4-wheel alignment & RV alignment services at our two locations in the West Valley. Our trained and experienced mechanics can also replace all worn and damaged steering components to prevent uneven tire wear. If you notice irregular tire wear or one of the signs previously mentioned, contact us to schedule an appointment. We’re open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and our Surprise location is open on Saturday by appointment. We also offer a variety of other auto & Diesel repair services to address air conditioning and heating, belts and hoses, brakes, carburetors, emissions or exhaust systems, hydraulics, electrical systems, suspension and steering, and more. We recommend that you have a wheel alignment performed when new tires are installed. Tire alignments will need to be performed more often if you drive a car with wider tires or a sportier vehicle. If you aren’t sure if you need an alignment, give us a call, and we’ll be happy to help!