Wheel Alignment in Tulsa, OK
Better Performance and Extended Tire Life From Your Go-To Alignment Shop in The Greater Tulsa Area
For expert wheel alignment service, come see the ASE-certified professionals at your nearest Tate Boys Tire & Service Center location. Our team can take care of everything required to get your wheel alignment done perfectly and in short order to get you back on the road.
Complete Line of Wheel Alignment Services
From free alignment checks to adjusting caster, camber, and toe angles, wheel alignment service needs to be performed by experienced professionals with the right equipment to do the job to the proper specifications.
At all Tate Boys locations, customers can rely on a complete set of wheel alignment services including the following and more:
- Full inspection of your entire alignment and suspension system
- Checking alignment and dialing in the proper adjustments
- Checking for steering wheel centering
- Checking suspension for signs of excessive wear and tear
Our tire alignment pros know what it takes to get your wheels dialed in perfectly. Keeping all four wheels parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground is crucial for a proper wheel alignment.
Signs It Is Time for a Tire Alignment
When you need a wheel alignment, there are a variety of different symptoms that can present themselves in your vehicle. Some of these are really noticeable, while others you may never realize were there. Having your alignment checked at regular intervals can help spot an issue that may otherwise have gone unnoticed.
Signs that you should have your alignment checked include:
- Uneven or premature tire treadwear
- Noticing the steering wheel isn’t on center when driving straight ahead
- Hearing odd noises when you turn the wheel
- Feeling a sort of pulling motion to either the right or left
- Hearing a squealing noise coming from the tires
Whenever you notice any of the above or if you’re simply unsure, it’s a good idea to go ahead and let our professionals inspect your alignment and suspension system to make sure everything checks out. For expert wheel alignment service, bring your vehicle into the nearest Tate Boy location.
Questions to Ask When it May Be Time for a Wheel Alignment
These questions can help you better articulate to your wheel alignment professionals when and how the issue first presented itself. With this information, they’ll be able to better understand the nature of the problem and the best ways for getting your alignment back in line with specs.
- What was the first occurrence of the issue? Think back and try to isolate the timing of the first symptom. Did your steering start pulling to the left or right after you hit a large pothole? Sometimes the exact cause will be hard to pinpoint simply because parts age and wear out eventually, so this may be a gradually-increasing issue.
- Do you experience the issue frequently or only on occasion? Sometimes issues are caused when there’s a specific reason, such as roadway imperfections or with hauling cargo. The issue may actually be present in another component and causing stress to your alignment or suspension systems.
- Have you kept your tires properly inflated, rotated, and balanced? Proper tire maintenance is key to getting the best performance and longevity out of your tires, but it can also help prevent issues related to your alignment.
- When was the last time your steering or suspension system was worked on? Kind of like a medical history for your vehicle, helping the wheel alignment professionals know of any work that’s been done in the past can help techs know to keep an eye on certain areas. Unfortunately some less-qualified alignment shops can cut corners and use refurbished or even salvaged parts, which can be more prone to premature failure.
Having all the information you need to create the best game plan for your vehicle is what our top alignment shops in Tulsa do best. At Tate Boys, we’ll always help walk you through your options, so there are never any surprises with what we need to do and how we plan to do it.
What Are Toe, Camber, and Caster Angles in Car Alignment?
If you are looking at different options for wheel alignment in Tulsa, you will probably have come across the three common terms below. You might think wheel alignment is all about straight lines, but each angle has to be perfectly tuned with the manufacturers’ specifications in order to achieve maximum performance and minimal degradation to the system.
Caster – if you think of a line straight through the upper and lower ball joints of the knuckle in your suspension, you’ll get a steering axis. Caster angles are generally spec’d at a precise degree for positive caster. If you’re looking from the side this would appear like a line going at a diagonal with the top of the line slightly forward. Having a positive caster will help with how the vehicle handles.
Camber – Think of camber as the tire leaning either inwards towards the vehicle body or outwards, as if you were taking off your tire. If the tires are tilting inwards towards the vehicle interior, this is known as a negative camber. Conversely, when the tires tilt outwards, this is called positive camber. The manufacturer will specify the perfect camber required to help property distribute the combined weight present in the vehicle. When camber is off, a telltale sign is uneven tread wear or pulling to the side with positive (outward tilting) camber.
Toe – If you were looking at all four tires in your car from above and took a measurement from the top and bottom of the front tires and the back tires, you could see if the tires kicked in or out. Think of this like where your feet go when you walk. Some people have feet that turn slightly out, some slightly in, some more or less straight ahead. The same could be said of your wheels. When the distance between the front measure is greater it is called a toe-in misalignment. A closer measurement at the rear causes toe-out misalignment. Either situation can be remedied with a wheel alignment service.
Remember that wheel alignment in general helps make sure that each wheel is running parallel to one another and perpendicular to the roadway below. This helps streamline the external forces that are wearing your steering and suspension system as you drive.
What to Look For in An Alignment Shop
The absolute first thing you should see with a top-notch alignment shop is that all of their mechanics are ASE certified. ASE stands for Automotive Service Excellence and means that the individual has the experience and knowledge to successfully pass the exhaustive automotive skills mastery examination. We’re proud to say that all the technicians who will be working on your steering and suspension program hold this advanced distinction.
When you combine ASE-certified techs with state-of-the-art equipment and only top quality parts and products, you get a potent combination for expert car care.
Great Deals on Wheel Alignments
For the best deals on your next service, always make sure to check out the Tate Boys specials page to see what deals we have running!
Bring In Your Vehicle for a Wheel Alignment Today
We like to make it really easy to get your vehicle in, serviced, and back on the road as efficiently as possible. Wheel alignments need to be performed by experienced professionals with the right equipment for the job. Get ready for a whole new service experience and find the nearest Tate Boys location in your area now.