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five ways bad alignment wrecks tires

Alignment Matters

Your car’s steering and suspension need to be properly aligned for smooth, safe driving. Worn suspension components, impacts with potholes or curbs, and incorrect alignment settings can result in misalignment, excessive tire wear and possible handling issues.

Know the Symptoms of Chassis Wear

Unusual tire wear is a sign that there could be a problem with the alignment of your suspension system. Poor alignment can cause excessive wear and tear on your tires. Inspecting your tires on a regular basis ensures that you catch any uneven or unusual tire wear patterns before they cause extensive damage. Learn to recognize the tire wear patterns that can indicate a problem with your vehicle’s suspension system and alignment.


Outer Edge Wear
Can be caused by high camber affecting wear during cornering, or excessive positive or negative camber.



Camber/Toe Wear
Can be caused by misalignment, loose parts or incorrect ride height.



Cupped Wear
Can be caused by loose or worn parts.



Diagonal Wear
Can be caused by incorrect rear toe adjustment.



Center Rib Wear
Can be caused by over inflation of tires.



If you notice any of these tire wear patterns, make an appointment with your trusted technician for an evaluation. They’ll be able to diagnose the problem and suggest the right repair to correct your tire wear issues.

Where Alignment Matters

If your technician suggests and alignment, they’ll be looking at three crucial areas:


Toe Angles
The most critical alignment adjustment and the primary cause of premature tire wear.


Improper camber angles affect handling and cause premature tire wear.


Improper caster angles affect handling and cause vehicle to pull to one side.

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The content contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be used in lieu of seeking professional advice from a certified technician or mechanic. We encourage you to consult with a certified technician or mechanic if you have specific questions or concerns relating to any of the topics covered herein. Under no circumstances will we be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on any content.

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