Automotive Wheel Alignment Systems & Tools
Properly aligned wheels are essential to improving vehicle performance as well as maintaining your tires and steering system. With the right wheel alignment tools, you can efficiently and accurately complete alignments by measuring camber, caster, and toe on a variety of vehicles. From tools to full systems, find everything you need to gauge and adjust alignment in this wide selection.What wheel alignment equipment do you need for your system?
Equipment and accessories range from replacement parts to additional tools to make it easy to properly align tires. Some common pieces of equipment you may need for an alignment system include:
- Wheel chocks: Chocks prevent wheels from moving during the wheel alignment and are an important safety component during the alignment process.
- Pedal depressor: Made to depress the brake pedal, this tool makes it easy to test car caster during the process.
- Rotator plates: These plates make it easy to move the tires of a car or truck.
- Various shims: Used to adjust caster and camber, these are essential for wheel alignment.
Choosing the right options to meet your needs is essential to realizing a return on your investment. Consider the following features when making your purchase:
- Adjustability: Find a machine that adjusts to handle the variety of vehicles you will be seeing. Some options are designed to handle cars, trucks, and even vehicles with specific adjustment procedures.
- User interface: Select an option that is easy to use and provides clear alignment readings that help you properly gauge your tire adjustments.
- Vehicle protection: Choose a machine that keeps the wheels and the rest of the car or truck safe.
Shims are an essential tool for achieving proper wheel alignment. They are used to set alignment by adjusting caster and camber for both front and rear tires. The shims you need for proper wheel alignment will depend on what you are trying to accomplish. Consider the following when looking for shims:
- Thickness: Shims come in a variety of thicknesses. It is a good idea to have a selection of thickness options to work with. Choosing thinner options will make it easier to adjust the alignment.
- Type: Shims come in a variety of types. You can choose from those designed for front wheels, rear wheels, or universal options that work on the front and rear wheels.