What does a wheel alignment involve?
Aligning a vehicle's wheels is a complex task which involves very precise measurements and adjusting the wheels to make sure they run parallel to each other and are aligned perfectly to the road surface.
Why do wheels need such precise aligning?
If one wheel is facing even slightly right while the other three are angled straight ahead this creates ‘pulling' from that wheel, over time this creates irregular tyre wear which affects your steering, suspension and the general safety of your vehicle. Wrongly aligned tyres have a bad of difficulty controlling your car altogether. It's not ideal to have difficulty steering when you might be cruising in your car down a freeway or even when zipping round city corners, but seriously dangerous if you face an emergency situation like having to brake or swerve suddenly to avoid an accident on the road.
Why don't tyres stay aligned?
There many things that can ‘undo' your cars wheel alignment. Basic wear and tear, rough driving, potholes, curb hits and speed bumps all affect your cars wheel alignment.
What signs to watch for to tell me that my car needs a wheel alignment?
If your wheels go out of balance you might notice them pulling to one side, or it may feel like your car is swerving side to side, your steering wheel might be feeling ‘unbalanced' or if you notice that your tyres seem to be wearing down unevenly on the sides, or if one tyre is balding more than the others. Much of the time, the decline of your wheel alignment happens so gradually 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.
Southern Highlands Service Centre perform Wheel Alignment and Balancing on most makes and models - if you car needs a wheel alignment please call us for a quote or fill in our contact form today.