What does a wheel alignment involve?
Correct Wheel alignment proceedure is a complex task which involves very precise measurements and adjustments that ensure the wheels on your car are parallel to each other and perfectly aligned to the road surface. It is also one part of ensuring the maximum tyre life from your vehicles tyres.
Why should my wheels need alignment?
Basically, if one wheel is angled slightly right while the other three are facing straight ahead this will create a ‘pulling' effect from that wheel, causing uneven tyre wear and affecting your suspension, steering and the safety of your vehicle. Wrongly aligned tyres can affect your ability to steer your vehicle - and this can range from a little bit of ‘pull' right through to the most extreme cases of struggling to control your car altogether. Its not the best idea to have difficulty steering when you might be cruising in your car down highway or zipping round city corners, but it is especially dangerous if you face an emergency situation like having to brake suddenly or avoid an accident or obstruction in the road.
Why don't my tyres keep their alignment?
There are many things that negatively affect the wheel alignment on your vehicle. General wear and tear, rough driving, hitting the curb, potholes, and speed bumps are just some of the thing that can affect your cars wheel alignment.
How do I know if I need a wheel alignment?
When tyres are out of balance you will notice signs like your car pulling to one side, or side to side, your steering wheel could feel ‘unbalanced' or you notice tyres are wearing down unevenly, or one tyre is wearing more than the others. Most of the time the decline of your wheel alignment happens gradually and so you don't notice the change in the way your car drives - but you will certainly notice the sudden improvement once your tyres get properly aligned.