You should be taking your car to an automotive mechanic for a service on a regular basis – that way you can ensure that everything is working and ready to drive. Not only does this avoid the potential of embarrassment and inconvenience of a breakdown, it saves you money too.
But what about your tyres and wheels? They need just as much care and attention as the rest of your car. Let’s discuss wheel alignments and the benefits of regular servicing.
What is a Wheel Alignment?
A wheel alignment refers to an adjustment of your vehicle’s suspension system. The suspension is everything underneath your car that connects it to its wheels. It’s important to note that a wheel adjustment doesn’t just adjust the tyres or the wheels themselves, it actually adjusts the specific angle of the wheels – which impacts just how they make contact with, and perform on the road.
Signs That You Need an Alignment
There are a few different things to take notice of that might indicate that your tyres need an alignment. If you happen to notice any of these things, please see your nearest automotive mechanic immediately.
- Your tyres might show signs of uneven tread wear
- Your vehicle may pull to the left or right when driving
- Your steering wheel may seem off-centre, even when you’re driving straight
- Your steering wheel might vibrate unusually
The Benefits of Wheel Alignment
There are many benefits to getting a wheel alignment. For a start – your tyres are going to last a great deal longer than if they remained misaligned. This means that they won’t have to be replaced as often, which will save you money.
Properly aligned tyres are going to drive straight and true, which will improve the fuel economy of your vehicle – saving you a great deal at the pump.
Also, your car is going to drive better and handle smoother when your wheels are correctly aligned. This will be even more noticeable when you are driving in intense climatic conditions such as very hot weather or the rain and cold. Your tyres will be able to get the most traction on slippery surfaces such as during and after rain.
How Often Should You Get a Wheel Alignment?
As a rule of thumb, you should have your tyres inspected and your wheel alignment checked every 40 to 50,000 kms. However, there are certain times when you should get your alignment checked despite the number of kilometres you’ve travelled, including>:
- If your vehicle takes a hit, either from the kerb or another car
- If you experience handling issues like the ones mentioned above
- When you replace or repair your steering or suspension.
With all your driving, always remember to take care on the roads, and enjoy the ride! For more information about professional wheel alignment and tyre services in Perth, simply contact AME automotive today.