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Talk to Total Car Care Centre about your wheel alignment today. We can combine our fully qualified expertise and knowledge with our local understanding of the driving conditions in Melbourne and the Glen Waverley area to not only make sure your wheels are aligned correctly, but to confirm there are no underlying issues with the technologies behind the wheel that keep you safe on the roads.

Read more about Why only qualified technicians should perform wheel alignment procedures here.

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What is a wheel Alignment?

Wheel alignment involves precisely measuring and adjusting the angle of the wheels on your car to ensure that they are parallel to each other and perfectly aligned with the surface of the road. It may sound simple but it is a complex task which requires precision instruments.

Put simply, the term “wheel alignment” refers to how well the wheels on your vehicle are aligned relative to each other, as well as to the centre line of the vehicle. While alignment settings can differ between manufacturers and models, all vehicles are designed to deliver precise steering and braking responses - but only if the wheel alignment angles are correct for that vehicle.

Benefits of Wheel Alignment
• Increased fuel economy.
• Prolonged tyre life.
• Braking and steering response is improved.
• Straight-line tracking is improved, and driver fatigue is reduced since the overall driving experience is improved.

Why do my wheels need to be aligned? 

When one wheel is facing even slightly left while the other three are facing straight ahead this creates ‘pulling’ from that wheel. Misalignment results in uneven tyre wear, and can affect your suspension, steering and the safety of your vehicle. Tyres which are badly out of alignment can affect your ability to steer your vehicle – and this can range from a slight ‘pull’ through to the most extreme cases of having trouble controlling your car altogether. Not advisable when you’re cruising in your car down a country road or zipping round city corners, but especially dangerous in emergency situations like if you have to brake hard or swerve to avoid an accident or obstruction in the road.

Signs You Need A Wheel Alignment

Maintaining the wheel alignment on your car is an integral aspect of its overall maintenance and upkeep. However, this very important step is often ignored or skipped until the first symptoms of poor wheel alignment show up in the form of ruined tyres. Here’s some common signs to look out for…
• Uneven or accelerated wear on the edges of your tyres
• The steering has a “mushy” feel or has become less responsive.
• If your car’s steering wheel pulls to one side.

Why don’t wheels stay aligned? 

Countless things affect the wheel alignment. General wear and tear, rough driving, bumpy roads, potholes, and speed bumps are just some of the elements that affect your cars wheel alignment.

 

How do I know if I need a wheel alignment done?

When your tyres are very out of balance you could notice things like your car pulling off to one side, or side to side, your steering wheel might feel ‘off-centre’ or your tyres start wearing down unevenly. Often the decline of your wheel alignment is gradual and so you don’t even notice the changes, but you will certainly notice the sudden improvement once your tyres are properly aligned.

When should you get a wheel alignment?

Obviously, the best time to get a wheel alignment is when noticeable symptoms of poor alignment are present, but there are also other “best” times:
• When you rotate the tyres
• When you replace one or more tyres
• When you replace standard, steel rims with lightweight alloy rims.
• After any maintenance or repairs on steering or suspension systems - both front and rear.
• When you perform any modification that alters the vehicle ride height or weight distribution.

If you would like to know more about Wheel Alignment check out the following articles :
What causes wheel alignment to “go bad”?
Importance of wheel alignment on new tyres
Wheel Alignment vs Wheel Balance
Types of Wheel Alignment and Procedures
Why only qualified technicians should perform wheel alignment procedures

If you have any concerns about your wheel alignment – please don’t hesitate and risk driving an unsafe vehicle - call us at Total car Care Centre today, we will be happy to talk about your issues and give you a quote.

 


 

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