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Everything You Need to Know About Truck Wheel Alignment

Sherri Craig

The state of your truck tyres and the system that connects them to the steering wheel is crucial to your safety and that of other road users. 

That is why you may come across a truck service referred to as truck wheel alignment or truck tyre alignment.

What are Truck Wheel Alignment Services?

Wheel alignment services aim to align the angle of your tyres or the direction they are facing. Misaligned wheels can cause:

  • Your tread to wear unevenly, meaning you won't get the most out of your tyre before you are required to change it.
  • Your truck to pull to the right or left when driving, meaning you can easily cause an accident; you will be struggling to keep your truck on your side of the road.
  • Your steering wheel to start vibrating, which can be uncomfortable.
  • Your steering wheel to appear off-centre when driving straight, meaning you might not be able to judge from your steering wheel whether your wheels are straight without driving or looking at them.

What Does Truck Wheel Alignment Involve?

Truck wheel alignments are mostly carried out to correct:

  • Negative and Positive Camber

The top part of your wheels may have angled inward, meaning that if you were to look at your wheels from in front of your truck, the distance from the top part of the left wheel to the top part of the right wheel will be shorter than the distance between the lower part of the same wheels (negative camber).

The opposite can also happen, where the top part of your wheels may have angled outwards. In this case, the distance from the top part of the left wheel to the top part of the right wheel will be longer than the distance between the lower part of the same wheels (positive camber). Alignment is done so that the wheels touch the ground evenly without an angle.

  • Toe-In and Toe-Out

This is when your wheels have turned inwards or outwards. To understand it better, stand up and look at your feet. Move your heels outward without moving your forefoot (part of the foot containing your toes). You will notice that the forefoot of both your feet will be facing each other. That is what happens to your wheels during a toe-in; the front parts of your front wheels will be facing each other while the back part will be further apart. Alignment is done to ensure that the distance between these parts is equal and your wheels are parallel to each other.


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