Why do cars need alignment?
The geometry can move out of alignment on all vehicles. There are several reasons for this:
- Everyday driving. Factors such as hitting a pothole, kerbing etc. can alter the alignment dramatically.
- Worn suspension parts.
- Replacement of suspension parts.
What are the benefits?
- Reduced Tyre Wear
A properly aligned car can add thousands of miles to tyre life.
- Improved Fuel Consumption
Fuel consumption reduces as the drag on the tyres decreases.
- Saves Money & Environment
With increased fuel economy/CO2 emissions and improved tyre life expectancy you save money.
- Improved Handling
A better and enjoyable driving experience.
- Safer Driving
Better stability when taking emergency or evasive action.
Are my wheels out of alignment?
- Uneven Tyre Wear
This is not always visible. Rub your hands over the tyre and you will feel where the rubber has worn excessively on the inside or outside edges.
- The car pulls to the left or right
The car drifts to the right or left when braking.
You need to compensate through the steering when driving in a straight line.
- A crooked Steering Wheel
The steering wheel is not aligned straight.
How often should the alignment be checked?
- As a general rule every 12,000 – 15,000 miles or once a year.
- If you hit a kerb or pothole.
- New tyres are fitted.
- Steering or suspension components are replaced.
The car has been involved in an accident