You hit a curb or a pothole, harder than you expected, and now you notice your car’s just not driving the same. It’s got a distinct pull to one side, and the steering feels “heavy” and clumsy. A car that once handled really well suddenly handles like a loaded dump truck.
Chances are your wheel alignment was jarred out of spec by the impact, sorry to say.
Every vehicle leaves the factory with the front wheels set at specific angles that are designed by engineers for the best possible handling, steering response, ride quality and road manners. These angles are determined relative to an imaginary straight line down the center of the vehicle’s frame.
Those angles are:
- Toe-in, the inward skew of the wheels
- Toe-ou ...[more]