What is a wheel alignment?
Wheel alignment involves precisely measuring and adjusting all four wheels on your car to check that they are parallel to each other and perfectly aligned with the road surface.
Why align the wheels on my car?
If one wheel is facing left while the others are facing straight ahead this creates a ‘pulling' effect from that wheel which results in uneven tyre wear, and can affect your suspension, steering and the safety of your vehicle. Misaligned tyres can affect your steering ability- and this can range from a slight ‘pull' on the steering wheel and can even cause you to have trouble controlling your car altogether. Not the best thing when you're cruising in your car down a country freeway or zipping round city corners, but especially dangerous in emergency situations like sudden braking or hard steering to avoid an accident or an obstruction in the road.
Why don't my wheels just stay aligned once I've had a wheel alignment?
So many things can affect your cars wheel alignment over time. General wear and tear, rough driving, bumpy roads, potholes, and speed bumps are just some of the things that can affect your cars wheel alignment.
How do I know when my cars wheels need aligning?
If your tyres become out of balance you'll often notice signs like your car pulling to one side, or side to side. Your steering wheel might seem ‘off-balance' or your tyres look like they are wearing out unevenly. Most of the time the decline of your wheel alignment is so you don't even notice the change in the way your car feels, but you will certainly notice the sudden improvement once your tyres are properly aligned.