What You Should Know About Wheel Alignments

What They Are?

Wheel alignments are the procedure of adjusting and maintaining the angles of the wheels relative to both each other and the car’s frame/body. This is achieved by first driving the car onto the Alignment Hoist, where sensors are placed onto each wheel. Using these sensors a computer measures the angles of the wheels, this allows the technician to compare the measurements and see how they sit in relation to the car’s body. From here the technician can adjust the angles of the wheels so that they meet the correct specifications. 

Why do You Need it?

It’s important to have wheel alignments done to your car because over the life of your car it’s inevitable that the wheel angels will change. This can happen for several reasons from hitting large potholes or curbs, going over speed bumps too quickly, and even accidents. These will result in wear and tear on rubber bushings in the suspension and potentially the sagging of springs. You may also need a wheel alignment if you’ve recently replaced the suspension and/or steering components, as well as after raising or lowering the suspension.

Symptoms 

The symptoms of an irregular wheel alignment are as follows:

  • Your car feels as though it pulls to one side when driving on a straight and flat road.
  • You find that the tyres are wearing unevenly. 
  • When driving straight the steering wheel is not centered
  • When driving the car wanders from side to side and/or feels unstable