Wheel Alignments in NH and ME

When your wheels are aligned, they are perpendicular to the ground, and perfectly parallel to each other. With proper wheel alignment, you get greater tire life and a vehicle that travels straight without listing to the left or right. As a rule of thumb, it's good to have your wheel alignment checked every 10,000-12,000 miles.

When your wheels are misaligned they wear faster, reduce gas mileage, and cause your vehicle to drift. If this is the case, no problem. You've come to the right place. Stratham Tire's ASE certified technicians are experts when it comes to wheel alignment services and we'll get your vehicle heading straight and true in no time.

Tire Balancing and Alignment: Save Money in the Long Run

Using advanced Hunter alignment equipment, our technicians do a full, laser guided alignment to account for every part of the tire, including the caster, the camber, and the toe.

Many service centers offer wheel alignment consisting of a toe alignment and nothing else. This is an incomplete alignment. A toe alignment only accounts for the difference in distance between the front and the back of the Tire, but there's much more to it than that. By using laser guided alignment equipment, Stratham Tire offers comprehensive alignment that accounts for every point of contact the tire has with the pavement, optimizing alignment to give you the enhanced performance and longevity.

Toe, Caster, and Camber

Toe: When the forward edge of a vehicle's tires are slightly pointed towards each other, this is called "toe in" alignment, while the opposite is referred to as "toe out" alignment. The best alignment that delivers the least wear ensures that your tires are pointing directly forward.

Caster: Caster refers to the angle the steering axis tilts in, and while most vehicles are not particularly sensitive to slight variation - it's still an important factor to consider.

Camber: Camber is the angle of the wheel relative to its vertical axis. This is yet another factor that can affect the alignment of your vehicle and as such - it's another aspect of alignment that our comprehensive service accounts for.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Tire Balancing and Alignment

"What is the difference between wheel alignment and wheel balancing?"

We hear this question a lot from customers because it's easy to confuse the two. While wheel alignment and balancing both affect handling and ride quality, they are entirely different. If your vehicle is vibrating at highway speeds, your wheels could be out of balance. However, if your tires are wearing faster than normal and your vehicle is steering improperly (pulling left or right instead of moving straight), you could be due for a wheel alignment.

"Could a wheel alignment improve my gas mileage?"

Yes. Misaligned wheels tend to drag instead of rolling straight freely. Because of this, they offer more resistance and reduce your gas mileage.

"How do I know when my tires are out of alignment?"

If you have excessive tire wear, if steering pulls to the left or right, or if your steering wheel is not centered when your car is traveling straight - your wheels are out of alignment. Come pay us a visit!

Need a Wheel Alignment? Give us a call today or visit one of our locations in New Hampshire or Maine.