Choose from 10 Options
- C$170 for two 225 45R17 Sunfull tires (C$284 value)
- C$340 for four 225 45R17 Sunfull tires (C$568 value)
- C$198 for two 225 40R18 Sunfull tires (C$330 value)
- C$396 for four 225 40R18 Sunfull tires (C$660 value)
- C$246 for two 205 55R16 Yokohama Ascend A/S tires (C$410 value)
- C$492 for four 205 55R16 Yokohama Ascend A/S tires (C$820 value)
- C$298 for two P245 70R17 Firestone Winterforce UV tires (C$496 value)
- C$596 for four P245 70R17 Firestone Winterforce UV tires (C$992 value)
- C$15 for one mount and balance (C$25 value)
- C$21 for one inside patch tire repair (C$35 value)
Wheel Alignment: Sending You Straight Down the Road
Most cars only received alignments on their front two wheels up until 30 years ago. Read on to find out why that changed.
Many mechanics spend their days tinkering with cameras, though they have no portrait portfolio to show for it. That’s because computerized wheel-alignment equipment typically relies on four high-tech camera systems mounted around the wheels. Instead of snapping pictures, each camera maps its own location, noting the angle of its designated wheel and axle in relation to its three counterparts. From these measurements, automotive technicians can determine if and where alignments are needed, be it adjusting a positive camber—when the wheel angles too far out from the center of the vehicle—or fiddling with a negative caster, which occurs when the steering axis pivots to the front of the car. Techs also inspect the wheel’s toe; if the two front tires are closer together than the back tires, this is known as toe-in (imagine a pigeon-toed car), while the opposite is called toe-out (bowlegged). When not angled correctly, the suspension and steering systems can cause a range of problems, from simply wearing down tires to inhibiting the car from driving in a straight line.
Prior to around 1980, the majority of vehicles only received alignment on their front wheels, leaving the back rollers to fend for themselves. Yet, with the influx of four-wheel-drive vehicles came the necessity for all-wheel alignments. Today, 44% of cars receive four-wheel alignments, and though more expensive than their front-end or rear-axle thrust-angle predecessors, the service is a definite necessity for any car with four-wheel drive or an adjustable rear suspension.