How do you know when it's time for a wheel alignment?

Posted by: Cal on 1/05/2014

Category: General

Looking after your tyres is important if you want to be as safe as possible on the roads, lengthen the life of your tyres, and save money in the process. You may know about the importance of checking your tread depth and ensuring your car tyres are correctly inflated - but when was the last time you got a wheel alignment?

A wheel alignment is the process where your wheels are measured and positioned on your car in order to maximise your tyre performance, prevent unnecessary wearing to your car tyres and improve the way your car handles on the roads. This makes a wheel alignment pretty important to your safety! 

On top of this, a wheel alignment can also improve your car's fuel economy - so with this and longer life out of your tyres as a result combined, you'll be saving a fair bit of cash! 

Here are a few signs you might need to think about getting a wheel alignment:

The way your car handles on the road

If you notice a change in the way your car handles on the road, it could be a sign you need to get your wheels aligned. One of the largest signs is your car pulling to one side while driving, particularly on straight roads. To test this, you can release your hands from the wheel for a second. If the car pulls to one side, this means you probably need an alignment!

Other signs include your steering wheel appearing off centre or "shaking" while driving, as well as uneven tyre tread.

Your wheel alignment can be knocked out of place by as little as hitting a large pothole, so if you have recently driven over an obstacle such as this you may need to get your alignment checked.

What type of wheel alignment do I need?

Here at Tyreright, we offer two types of alignment - front and rear alignment and thrust alignment. Which service you need to purchase will depend on your vehicle model.

Front and rear alignment is a comprehensive procedure, and is suitable for most current and recent passenger car models, as well as front wheel drive and all wheel drive vehicles. In this process, the 'toe' of your four wheels are adjusted back to the specifications set out by the manufacturer.

If you have an older car or a rear wheel drive vehicle, you may need a thrust alignment. This is where the front wheels are adjusted so they are in line with the "thrust line" of the rear axle.