Wheel Alignment Benefits
Wheel alignment is an important part of car maintenance. However, it may be something people forget or even don’t know about. This post should help you learn a bit more about it and the benefits that come with getting it done.
What is Wheel Alignment?
Wheel alignment is the angle and direction in which your tyres are set. Your wheels need to be positioned inline with what your manufacturer’s specification recommends.
When Do I Need Wheel Alignment & How Will I Know?
Hitting kerbs or going over potholes at high speed can result in damage to your wheels and could lead to needing your wheels aligned.
When driving make sure you look out for the following signs that your tyres may be misaligned:
- Difficulty steering
- Dragging or pulling to one side
- Uneven tyre wear
- Steering wheel vibration
- Squealing noises at low speeds
What Are The Benefits?
These are the 5 key benefits associated with wheel alignment:
Longer Tyre Lifespan
When your wheels are aligned properly, they work in harmony. They will all be used equally and evenly so when one has been worn down and in need of replacement, usually they all will. However, when your wheels are not aligned properly certain tyres may be used more than the others, therefore, shortening the lifespan. Tyres are not cheap so the longer you can keep them for the better.
Increased Fuel Efficiency
Since your wheels aren’t working together when your wheels are not aligned, it makes your vehicle work much harder when you move. This means that when you drive, your car is working twice as hard to move you forward and in turn resulting in poor fuel efficiency.
When driving with misaligned wheels, you may notice that even though you have your steering wheel positioned straight, it may want to steer off to the right or left-hand side of the road. This results in having to constantly adjust the steering wheel due to bad alignment on the road, which can not only be annoying but dangerous too.
Generally keeping your vehicle in good shape will improve the safety of your car and ensuring that your wheels are aligned properly is just one of the many things which can ensure safety in your vehicle.
Reduce Repair Expenses
Driving with unaligned wheels will cause the parts in your car to wear unevenly and prematurely. Every time you hit the kerb or drive over a pothole, your driving and suspension will wear down slightly, When your tyres aren’t evenly distributing this impact, certain areas of your car will take the hit worse than others, meaning they will break down earlier than they should. Ensuring your tyres are aligned could save you paying for some expensive auto repair services.