What is a Wheel Alignment & Why is it important?

March 4, 2019

Wheel alignment is important for safe driving and the longevity of your vehicle, but it is one of the most overlooked service procedures. Improper wheel alignment affects steering, turning, suspension, and the tire’s performance and tread’s longevity.

What is a Wheel Alignment & why is it Important?

Ensuring your wheels are accurately aligned improves both the performance and longevity of your tyres. Wheels often become misaligned by hitting potholes, bumps, kerbs, driving on uneven surfaces and through general wear and tear. It is therefore essential to maintain accurate alignment of your wheels, to ensure their quality and performance remains optimal.

Wheel alignment refers to the angle of your wheels in comparison to each other and the body of your vehicle. Wheel alignment is adjusted by altering the vehicle’s suspension. Using state of the art technology, Tyre Specialists at Tyres and More are able to accurately determine exactly how much adjustment is required and apply accordingly.

Here are five signs your car needs a wheel alignment:

  1. Pulling – Does your vehicle feel like it is getting pulled to one side of the road when you’re driving on a smooth road? This is a tell-tale sign that your vehicle is in need of a wheel alignment service.
  2. Whacky Wheel – The car’s emblem on your steering wheel should be perfectly horizontal when driving straight. If the wheel needs to be held at an angle in order to drive straight, your vehicle needs immediate attention from a Service Advisor.
  3. Tread Wear – Uneven tread wear is an easy way of telling your wheel alignment is incorrect. Look for uneven worn out treads on either side of your tires. If you notice uneven tread wear, your tires may be inflated incorrectly or a wheel alignment service may be due.
  4. Turn, Return – After a turn, does your steering wheel smoothly return into the proper position? If your wheel feels sluggish or loose, it is a sign that your vehicle is due for a wheel alignment service.
  5. Shaking – The final symptom that your vehicle is in need of a wheel alignment is a shaky steering wheel. If your wheel shakes or vibrates when driving on a smooth straight road, your car may be due for a wheel alignment service.

If your vehicle shows some or all signs of a wheel alignment, make sure to attended to it as soon as possible by your Toyota trained technicians. Bring it to Torque Toyota North Lakes or Strathpine or give our service department a call directly at 07 3384 5022