Wheel Alignment

Computerized Wheel Alignment

What does wheel alignment do?

Basically, wheel alignment adjusts the angles of your car's wheels so that they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. The actual process involves the  steering and suspension systems, not the wheels themselves. Regular alignments benefit both front and rear wheel drive vehicles with improved steering control, smoother driving, stability and greater overall safety.

The highly trained wheel alignment specialists at Ian's Tires use state-of-the-art equipment to perform precise, computerized measurements and adjustments to restore the factory alignment specifications for your vehicle as closely as possible. These settings include:Santa Barbara Wheel Adjustment

  • Caster – positive or negative angle of steering axis affects high-speed stability
  • Camber – inward or outward tilt of tires affects tire-to-road contact and turning force; can be adjusted to compensate for more aggressive driving habits
  • Toe – front tires are reset to parallel each other; toes often pull in on front wheel drive vehicles and turn out on rear wheel drive vehicles
  • Ride Height – the distance between the frame and the road surface is the foundation for all other wheel alignment measurements

    Your vehicle may be misaligned when:

    • Vehicle pulls to either side while driving
    • Steering wheel is not straight while driving on a level surface
    • Steering feels unstable
    • You can sense vibration in the steering wheel
    • Tires are wearing unevenly
    • Tires squeal while turning
    • Suspension parts (spring, ball joint, tie rods) are weak or worn

    When do you need wheel alignment?

    • With purchase of new tires
    • Following a collision, accident or impact with large pothole
    • After installation of new suspension or steering parts
    • Following transaxle repair on a front wheel drive car

    Our Wheel Alignment Guarantee:

    At Ian's, we guarantee our computerized wheel alignment for three months or 4,000 miles. During this period, if your vehicle begins to show signs of misalignment in the absence of an impact, bring it in and we will make the necessary adjustments for no charge.