Maintaining your car’s wheel alignment reduces tyre wear, improves fuel economy and handling, and increases driving enjoyment and safety. Normal wear and road conditions can take their toll on your car’s steering and suspension system. Ball joints, tie rods, steering arms, springs, bushings and other suspension parts all wear gradually over time. All of these will affect alignments and adjustments need to be made or components need to be replaced to restore optimum handling.
Wheel alignment can be affected by driving against a kerb, hitting a pothole in the road or by excessive wear to steering or suspension components. The direction and angle at which tyres are set are both important. Wheel alignment involves checking the direction and angle against vehicle manufacturers’ specifications. These are often described as toe in, toe out, positive camber or negative camber. Toe refers to whether the front of the tyres are closer or further apart than the rear of the tyres. Camber is the inward or outward tilt of a tyre.
- If a vehicle is misaligned, the edges of the tread have a sawtooth or feathered appearance. This is caused by erratic scrubbing against the road.
- Wheel alignment should be done after every 5,000 kms or whenever any irregular wear on tyre is found.