Sometimes referred to as tracking, wheel alignment is the mechanical adjustment of the angles of the vehicle’s wheels and therefore their contact with the road surface.
The optimum angles are specified by the manufacturer and are set to provide the best handling and performance for your vehicle.
Alignment has an impact on safety and tyre wear so is an important element of the maintenance of your vehicle.
What causes the need for wheel alignment?
Alignment needs to be carried out after certain repairs have been completed, for example, if a mechanic has replaced suspension parts, he may well suggest wheel alignment.
The most common causes though are going down potholes or bumping up curbs, anything which disturbs the even spin of the wheels.
Signs of incorrect wheel alignment
- Vibration through the steering wheel
- The steering wheel is off centre when driving in a straight line
- The vehicle pulls to one side or the other
- Uneven tread wear