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.
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.
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.