Wheel Alignment & Tyres

How do I know if my car wheels are out of alignment? 


It is not always obvious, especially if the misalignment is slight, but there are signs to look out for:

   

  • Uneven tyre wear on the fronts or the rear of the car. If you can’t visibly see the wear, run your hands over the tyre and you can soon feel where the rubber has worn excessively, on the inside or outside edges. Warning – Be careful, in extreme cases of excessive wear fine wire may be protruding from the rubber.
      
  • The car pulls to the left and right, when coasting. When driving along a straight flat road and you either need to compensate through the steering to keep the car driving straight, or the car drifts to the left or right under braking.
      
  • A crooked steering wheel. The steering wheel is not straight, even when driving straight.

    

  

     

Benefits of having a 4 wheel alignment check:

Driver & Passenger Safety:

Misalignment can affect car handling and can potentially make the car unsafe. A pre suspension system inspection is part of the full alignment procedure; so helps to highlight any worn or damaged parts before they cause a more costly problem.

Vehicle Handling:

Many handling problems can be corrected by a four wheel alignment and with the geometry aligned properlyto the motor manufacturers specifications, you can enjoy that new car feel!

Save Money:

By preventing premature tyre wear (and early tyre disposal), improving fuel economy and minimising carbon emissions, it not only reduces the cost of motoring, but will help the environment too!

  

 How often should the alignment be checked?

As a general rule it is wise to have your alignment checked;

      Every 12,000 – 15,000 miles or once a year.

However, it is also highly recommended when;

    • You knowingly hit a kerb or pothole

    • New tyres are fitted

    • Steering and suspension components are replaced

  • The vehicle has been involved in any form of accident or collision  

 

  

 

 

       

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