(440) 354-4358



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Wheel Alignment: Painesville

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Ensuring proper alignment is essential to your vehicles long-term health. Being out of alignment decreases gas mileage and how long your tires last. Additionally, extra stress will be felt by steering components. A wheel alignment job at Franz Auto means you will have the angles of your wheels adjusted so they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other.


Problems commonly felt when a car or truck gets out of alignment includes pulling to one side or drifting out of the yellow and white lines on a straight road. Excessive tire wear will happen because the tire is riding on one side more than the other. It leads to tire blowouts, especially when the tires are tilted inwards and you can't get a good look at the part of the tire that is wearing away more quickly.


Many people wonder how a car gets out of alignment in the first place. Many things can cause this to happen. A minor or major collision that alters the vehicles frame is one thing that requires a computerized alignment. Other things like hitting a curb or driving over a big pothole can damage your car alignment. The following are descriptions of how alignment is measured:


This describes your steeing pivot angle. It is visible from the side of a vehicle and measured in degrees. The typical angle to look for on most vehicles is between 3 and 5 degrees. Heavier trucks need lower angles to ensure comfortable steering.

Camber means the angle of a wheel relative to vertical direction. Having negative camber means your wheel is leaning in toward the chassis. Positive camber means a wheel is leaning away from the car. Having the right camber angle will guarantee maximum tire life, high quality steering control, and better resistance to rolling. Bad camber angle makes a car pull and wears tires down quickly.

Like camber and caster, toe is measured by degrees and is another basic aspect of suspension tuning. When a pair of wheels are placed with their front edges pointed toward each other, the pair is defined as "toe-ins." If the front edges point away from each other, the pair is defined as "toe-outs." Essentially, a toe changes the distance between the front and back of the rear tires, and a faulty toe angle will wear down your tires.

I visited your shop and my alignment is now correct. What can I expect now?
When your wheels are properly aligned, you'll get:

  • Tires that last longer
  • Easier steering
  • Improved gas mileage
  • Smoother ride
  • Safer, more secure driving

124 N State Street
Painesville, Ohio 44077

(440) 354-4358

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