Hilton Wheel Alignments
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Out of alignment conditions occur when the suspension and steering systems are not operation at their desired angles. Out of alignment conditions are most often caused by spring sag or suspension wear (tie-rods, ball-joints, bushings, etc.) on an older vehicle. They can also be the result of an impact with a pothole or curb, or a change in ride height (raised or lowered) on any vehicle regardless of age.
Thrust Angle and Four-Wheel Alignments
The different types of alignments offered today are "Front End", "Thrust Angle" , and Four-Wheel. During a front end alignment, only the front axle's angles are measured and adjusted. Front-End alignments are fine for some vehicles featuring a solid rear axle, but confirming that the front tires are positioned directly in front of the rear tires is also important.
On a solid rear axle vehicle, this requires a thrust angle alignment that allows the technician to confirm that all four wheels are "square" with each other. Thrust angle alignments also identify vehicles that would "dog track" going down the road with the rear end offset from the front (You know we've all seen it). If the thrust angle ins't zero on many solid rear axle vehicles, a trip to frame straightening shop is required to return the rear axle to its original location.
On all vehicles with four-wheel independent suspensions, or front-wheel drive vehicles with adjustable rear suspensions, the appropriate alignment is a four-wheel alignment. This procedure "squares" the vehicle like a thrust angle alignment, and also includes measuring and adjusting the rear axle angles as well as the front.
Not all vehicles are easily adjustable or fully adjustable. Some vehicles come from the factory without "Full" adjustment capabilities and require aftermarket kits to allow sufficient adjustment to compensate for pothole damage or the change in alignment due to suspension change.
The primary static suspension angles that need to be measured and adjusted are caster, camber, toe and thrust angle.
Here is a diagram to help with some of the terms used with alignments.