Like the human body, the components of our cars are connected in ways we might not think of. Despite their everyday use and general ease of management, automobiles are actually more complex than we might think.
A car’s wheel alignment is one of the central aspects of the vehicle, so making sure this is functioning properly is a vitally important task.
What is a Wheel Alignment?
When a mechanic performs an alignment, they set your wheels to the car maker’s specifications. You can also align the angles beyond the maker’s specifications if you aim to obtain a specific handling characteristic, for example, if you planned to use your car for motorsport or off-road applications.
Essentially, getting a wheel alignment will ensure that all of your wheels are angled straight ahead, which will prolong the life of your tyres in the long run.
What Are The Adverse Effects of Unaligned Wheels?
You may not initially notice any defects in your car, but after a while having wheels that are not properly aligned can cause a lot of other problems.
The most common effect of misaligned wheels is uneven tyre wear. Said simply, this occurs because the tyres aren’t being used evenly, and certain parts are wearing down faster than others. This will shorten the amount of time between costly tyre replacements, increasing the costs of running your car.
Misalignments can also cause your car to pull to the left or right. This happens when the camber and toe angle specifications are outside of your manufacturer’s limit. When your vehicle pulls, it may cause irritation and even fatigue to the driver. This difficulty in controlling your car could be dangerous in emergency situations.
The Financial Affect
We’ve already mentioned the increased costs on tyre replacement, but avoiding a wheel alignment will also hurt your wallet in other ways. When you replace your tyres it’s usually recommended to replace all four – not just one – which already adds to your costs. In addition, correct inflation and rotation of tyres affects braking distance, the quality of your ride and your fuel economy. The more effort you have to put into driving and braking, the more petrol you’ll use and the more often you’ll have to fill up the tank.
how Often Should I Align My Car’s Wheels?
Most mechanics would advise that you get a wheel alignment once your car has reached 50,000km and the suspension has set in. After that, you may be able to have it done once every two or three years. If you get new tyres or even used tyres installed or you notice some of these symptoms in your car, you should also look at booking a wheel alignment.
If you’re not sure whether you need to replace your tyres or not, read this post to guide you.
At Swan Tyres, we sell new and used tyres, rims and mags, and we perform a number of mechanic services in Perth. Give us a call today to set up an appointment.