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Vehicle Alignment

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An alignment job involves setting up the proper caster, camber, toe, and sometimes other steering and suspension angles.

Pre-Alignment Inspection

Before an alignment is done, it is important to make sure all chassis parts are in good shape. If a bushing or suspension joint is worn, it will move more than the design of the parts allow for and that can cause the wheels to tilt at a different angle under certain conditions.

Toe In For Thrust Force

Many front-wheel drive vehicles have some toe-in built into the default alignment because then the engine drives the wheels, the forces naturally apply some toe-out as they work against the suspension and bushings.