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