Alignment & Balance
Well-aligned wheels allow better manoeuverability and better control of the vehicle. Proper alignment also helps you save money.
What is alignment?
Alignment refers to the angle of the wheels in relation to the direction in which the vehicle is being driven. The three main aspects that apply to most vehicles are called camber, toe and caster. If one of these parameters is misaligned, your tires will cause rolling resistance instead of normal movement. This leads to uneven tire tread wear and increased fuel consumption, as the vehicle has to expend more energy to offset the effects of this rolling resistance.
Proper tire alignment has two very important positive consequences:
- Increased safety on the road (especially in adverse conditions, such as snow, mud and heavy rain). Your vehicle will be much easier to control and less unpredictable when it comes to keeping it on course.
- Increased savings by reducing your fuel consumption and slowing wear and tear on your tires, the steering system and the suspension. A well-aligned car requires much less energy to move due to the reduced friction of the tires against the pavement.
How often should you check your alignment?
The wheels of your vehicle can become misaligned from driving over potholes, ruts or other obstacles. It is recommended to check your alignment once a year or every 25,000 km.
Signs to look out for
The two main signs that tell you it’s time to check your vehicle’s alignment are:
- The steering wheel pulls to one side when driving on a level surface.
- Uneven wear between the inner and outer tread of the tires often means that the alignment of the tires isn’t properly adjusted.