Correct wheel alignment is essential for several aspects of your car’s operation. Poor alignment causes premature wear on tyres and suspension systems. As well as the replacement price this entails this leads to increasingly compromised handling, performance and safety issues. Any collision can cause alignment problems, though sometimes alignment issues steadily increase over time.
Bring your vehicle in for inspection and repair if:
- Steering operation is different after any collision, even a seemingly minor one.
- Steering operation steadily worsens over time.
- Steering wheel in not central
- Steering wheel vibrates, though there are several possible causes for this.
- The car veers to one side.
- The tyres are being replaced.
- Tyres seem to wear out faster than expected, or wear is uneven across tyres
- The tyres squeal on some turns.
We recommend wheel alignment every 10 000 km of travel or after every 6 months.
Wheel alignment ensures the car wheels are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other; this ties closely to the steering and suspension systems. Wheel alignment makes sure all four (or more) wheels are working well in respect to each other. This is different to wheel balancing, where the wheel is working well in isolation. Both wheel balancing and wheel alignment are necessary for proper handling and performance of a car. Done correctly both will minimise wear.