Here at Europa, we can address any alignment needs of you vehicle. We use state of the art equipment and adhere to the highest level of workmanship. We routinely perform the manufacturer recommended procedure for a BMW weighted 4 wheel alignment and for aligning a Mercedes-Benz 4-Matic system. Our services give you confidence that your car will drive straight and you will get the maximum life from tires.
Why perform an alignment?
There are three reasons why you will need an alignment for your car:
- To correct any settings outside of the manufacturer specifications due to normal wear and tear. In Northeast Ohio, ‘normal’ wear and tear includes the abuse your suspension takes from potholes that appear every year. If your car drifts to one side when going on a straight road, it may be time for an alignment is needed.
- When you change the tires on you vehicle. Whether buying new tires or swapping your seasonal tires, the variations in the size between the old and new tires will alter the alignment specifications. Performing an alignment will help maximize the life of your tires.
- To introduce performance specific settings for those who enjoy a more spirited driving whether on or off the track.
How is alignment measured?
The three major settings for your vehicles alignment are based on Toe, Camber and Caster. You can think of them as the following:
- Toe: The direction your tires are pointed. Adjustments of this setting alters how far left or right the tire points in relation to the actual direction or travel. Bumping a curb or a large pot hole can alter this setting or even bend a steering component.
- Camber: The tilt of you tires. This can often change on higher mileage cars as the suspension ages. For example, a worn or broken spring will cause excessive wear on the inner portion of the tire tread. This is why we inspect before aligning.
- Caster: How far forward and backward the tire is in relation to the wheel well. Not all cars allow for this adjustment or it may take special bolts in order to adjust this setting.
When you bring your car to Europa, we inspect your suspension prior to performing an alignment. This insures that all components are up to the task of keeping the car’s alignment once it is off the alignment machine. Worn bushings, broken or sagging springs and other such items should be replaced prior to an alignment being performed. Why spend money on ‘tuning’ the alignment of your vehicle if it cannot hold those settings once it leaves our shop? Feel confident in you cars ride – call us today to set an appointment. Whether driving a BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Porsche, Volvo or other European vehicle, you can feel confident that the job will be done right.