Signs that you need a wheel alignment

A wheel alignment is a vital service that your vehicle requires. This service keeps you safe, saves fuel, and improves your vehicle’s performance.

What is a wheel alignment exactly?

An alignment of your wheels ensures that your wheels are correctly aligned – straight lines and not to one side. We will fix any problems with your wheels. We will lift your car, adjust and rotate the tires, and modify any other components that may affect your wheels’ alignment.

Wheel Alignment in Auckland includes a complete Toe Adjustment and Camber & Caster adjustment. The way your tyres are tilted inwards, outwards, forwards, or backward is what camber, toe, and caster refer to. We’ll reset your steering angle sensor, which measures the position and angle of your steering wheel as you drive if it’s necessary for your vehicle.

The experienced team uses the latest technology and equipment to diagnose, assess, and repair. We have the expertise to inspect all makes and models of vehicles, including luxury and European brands.

How can you tell if your car needs an alignment?

The vehicle pulls to one side or drifts to the other.

Your wheels may be misaligned if your vehicle pulls towards one side. This can be detected by lifting your hands slightly off the steering wheel while driving at a moderate speed on a straight, flat stretch of road. Your hands should be a centimeter from the steering wheel. Only do this when you are safe, and there are no cars nearby. This is best done in an empty lot.

The car may move to the right or left if your hands aren’t on the wheel. Your wheel alignment might be wrong if the car isn’t driving in a straight line. If you are on level ground, there is no reason for your vehicle not to turn left or right by itself.

Tyres wear unevenly

This may be something you can spot yourself. Please take a look at your vehicle’s tyres while it is parked. You can do this by looking from both the front and back. Do the tyres seem to be worn more on the right or left? Your car could pull slightly to the right or left without you even realizing it.

Do you notice that one or more of your tyres is wearing faster than the others? Are there fewer tread marks on some tyres? This could indicate that your wheels need to be aligned.

Ask your mechanic to see if you can spot any of these differences. They can often tell if the steering or wheel alignment is wrong by looking at the tyres.

The steering wheel vibrates or judders.

You shouldn’t feel vibrations, shaking, or juddering through the steering wheel when driving. Your hands should feel comfortable under the steering wheel. It could indicate that your wheel alignment needs to be in order.

Your steering wheel is outside the center.

Although we don’t often pay attention to how our steering wheel looks, it is good to check from time to time. When you drive along straight road sections, look at the steering wheel. Is the logo at the center of the wheel straight and right-side up? Is it slightly angled to one side or the other? It may need to be centered. This could indicate problems with your steering system or wheels.

Your tyres are squealing.

A wheel alignment issue can cause a squealing sound as you accelerate and turn. This could be caused by friction that needs to be corrected. The tyres are rubbing against the ground or another part of your car in a way they shouldn’t.

Your steering is very loose.

This means that your hands can be positioned at 10, 2, and 3 on the steering wheel, and you can move the wheel a few centimeters to the left or right without any effect on your steering. The car won’t respond if you move it slightly to the left or right. This is not a good sign. This means that your car’s steering may need to be more responsive and could have issues with alignment or steering.

It would help if you inspected the condition of your tires

We recommend that you have your tyres regularly inspected, in addition to having them aligned. For an average driver, this could be every 6 months or every 8000 km.

We will assess the safety and compliance of your current tyres before recommending a tyre replacement. The current minimum tread depth for your WOF is 1.5mm. It is strongly recommended that an auto mechanic with experience check this. Older tyres could pose a danger to your safety.

We will also adjust the tire pressure as necessary, balance all four wheels, rotate the tires if required, and give a final Wheel Alignment Report.

What is the importance of a wheel alignment?

Proper wheel alignment is essential for your safety and your vehicle’s best performance.

It is often compared to an injury to the human body. Referred pain is something you may have heard. You will likely experience hip or knee pain if you injure your spine and do nothing about it. Because the injury or damage to one area of your body can impact how the rest of your body functions, this is called “hip pain” or “knee pain.” Overcompensating for a back injury can lead to a problem with your posture, such as walking with a limp and not sitting or standing correctly. This has a ripple effect on other parts.

Conclusion

Your vehicle is no different. Poor or incorrect wheel alignment can cause damage to your car and other problems. Neglecting the problem early can lead to more severe and costly issues.

You may experience the following signs: your vehicle pulling to one side or your steering wheel vibrating. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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