An alignment is not a tangible thing, it is a description of how the wheels and tires are angled on a car or truck. When you purchase an alignment, you are not buying a product, you are buying an adjustment to the angles of your tires so they match the angles that the manufacturer recommends. When engineers design a car, they determine the wheel alignment that will cause the least amount of wear to the tires and that will make the car drive and handle the best. Zefore a new car leaves the assembly line, the alignment is set to these specifications. In a perfect world, these agnels would stay that way for many years but the truth is they wont. When you drive your car, the wheels encounter many bubmps, holes, jolts, and maybe even an accident - all of which causes the alignment to change.
Each vehicles has a specific alignment, set by the manufacturer and published for correct angles called 'alignment specifications. These specifications are distributed to alignment shops all over the country.
There are two types of alignments; front-wheel alignments and four-wheel alingments. The main difference between the two is pretty obvious; front is only the front two tires and four-wheel is all four tires. The type of alingment you need will depend on the type of car you drive and how your drive it. On most cars built in the last 10 years, the alignment can be adjusted at all four wheels. On all trucks and SUVs that run with rear wheel drive, only the front wheels need to be adjusted. Others cars may be easily adjusted on front, but require special tools and procedures to adjust the rear. Just because a car can b e adjusted at all wheels doesn't mean it necessarily needs it. More times than not just the front wheels need to be aligned.
If you think your vehicle is in the need of an alignment in Denver, give us a call and we would be happy to get you an estimate (303) 777-0142