How to Do an Alignment on a Car
Vehicle alignment refers to a mechanical procedure that adjusts the suspension to its proper configuration, correctly positioning the axles and wheels to allow the tires to make even contact with the road surface. It also ensures that a vehicle's wheels are "squared up" to one another.
A vehicle comes out of alignment gradually over time from treading over minor imperfections on the roadway. Or, it can happen suddenly from a single impact such as driving over a deep pothole or curb. Outside of such an occurrence, you should perform an alignment on your vehicle at regular intervals, as directed by the owner's manual.
When a suspension is out of alignment, the effects are evident. The vehicle may pull to one side, suffer from uneven tire tread wear, and feel less precise in terms of steering. If you disregard these symptoms, the alignment can progressively worsen and affect the vehicle's overall handling dynamics and safety.