What If I Leave My Truck Misaligned?
Leaving your suspension misaligned puts a lot of stress on your suspension and steering assemblies. If one of your wheels is misaligned by even a fraction of an inch, your tie rods and linkages will be forced to work at foreign angles. This causes them to wear down faster than they normally would. You’ll also likely notice that your heavy-duty truck’s handling and maneuverability suffer as well.
What Are The Symptoms of a Misalignment?
Common symptoms of misalignment include a truck that pulls to one side when trying to drive straight, uneven tire wear, excessive wear and tear, poor handling, and shaking in your steering column. The symptoms that your truck displays will vary depending on the type of misalignment you have.
What Types of Misalignment Are There?
Camber refers to the angle of your tire as it sits perpendicular to the ground. If the top of your tire is leaning inwards, you have positive camber, whereas a tire that’s leaning outwards has negative camber. This particular type of misalignment will display itself in the form of uneven tread wear and excessive tierod wear.
Positive camber isn’t usually a huge concern outside of premature wear, but negative camber can actually increase your heavy-duty truck’s risk of rolling over.
The toe angle of your wheels is the frontward facing angle. A misaligned toe angle means your tires are pointing in different directions, which puts a lot of stress on your tie rods and steering column. Common symptoms of this type of misalignment include tire screeching when turning corners and major handling issues.
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