No matter how new or advanced the automotive sector becomes, there are still age-old maintenance items that even the most advanced new vehicles need regularly. One of those maintenance items is the alignment of your wheels. Wheel alignments are required on every vehicle. From a Toyota Yaris to a Bugatti Veyron, wheel alignments are essential to the vehicle driving to its highest capacity.
What Is A Wheel Alignment?
A wheel alignment is an adjustment of a vehicle’s suspension. The suspension connects the wheels to the vehicle and is one of the most important pieces of any car to be performing right. When driving, the alignment of suspension components can become off-center or slightly out of its original place. This doesn’t mean that there is a problem, as it is designed to do this. The suspension components are designed to alter slightly to allow for changes in road conditions and to allow for standard wear of other vehicle parts like the tires. Alignment should be performed every 3000-5000 miles, depending on the type of driving you do.
So, How Do You Know When Your Vehicle Needs A Wheel Alignment?
There are a few very simple ways to tell when your vehicle needs a wheel alignment.
Off Center Steering Wheel
If you are driving in a straight line and notice your steering wheel is not in the correct straight position, it could mean your vehicle needs a wheel alignment. Most of the time you are driving the wheel should be centered, however there is some room for a few degrees of discrepancy.
Vehicle Pulls To Left Or Right
If your vehicle pulls to the left or right, chances are you need a wheel alignment. Once again, you will be able to establish this when driving down a straight road.
Abnormal Tire Wear
If you notice your tires have worn on the outside or inside edges, it is very likely that your wheels need alignment. If your tires are in bad condition, you should have the alignment performed at the same time you replace your tires, so you don’t waste money on your new tires.
Often if your vehicle feels s loose on the road, it can mean wheel alignment needs to be done. If your vehicle’s steering feels unstable, poor wheel alignment could be the cause.
Your Steering Wheel Won’t Return To The Center.
After you have finished turning, if your steering wheel does not return to the center, it could mean you need a wheel alignment.
Incorrect wheel alignment can create many issues with your car and can be very expensive if not repaired promptly. Poor wheel alignment is a safety risk as well. If your wheels stay out of alignment too long, it can cause safety hazards like bald tires and dangerous steering issues. It is always the best idea to have tour wheel alignment done every 3000-5000 miles or as soon as you notice any of the above issues, to ensure these issues are caught early.