How to Tell if Your Vehicle Requires a Wheel Alignment
Whether you’ve hit one too many potholes on your way to Perth, curb-checked a few unsuspecting corners in Darwin or it’s simply been too long since your last wheel alignment service, now is as good a time as any to bring in your truck for an inspection with one of our experienced technicians, who are always ready and willing to help.
From compact delivery vans to cranes, mining trucks and all sizes and shapes of vehicles in between, we provide the latest in innovative technology to ensure your wheel alignment service goes off without a hitch.
But how exactly do you know when it’s time to bring in your vehicle for a wheel alignment service in the first place? With so many distractions on and off the road, it’s all too easy to overlook some of the most common signs that your wheels are improperly aligned.
Vehicle Pulls in One Direction
One of the most common signs it’s time to bring in your truck for a wheel alignment service is when you notice it pulling to the left or right while driving. Most noticeable when driving in a relatively straight line on a level road, the truck should never constantly pull in one direction or the other, especially if the tyre pressure is correct.
Similarly, your steering wheel should also be centred and nearly perfectly straight. If the wheel is off centre and leaning more than a little to the right or left, it’s time to have your wheels aligned.
Uneven or Excessive Tyre Wear
Although misaligned wheels typically cause more wear and tear on the rear inside of your tyres, keep an eye out for uneven or excessive wear on all four tyres.
If you notice wear on the inside or outside edges of your tyres but not in the centre, this most often indicates an issue with the camber adjustment, meaning the inward or outward angle of the tyre when viewed from the front of the vehicle. When there is clear scalloping or feathering of the tyres (tread is smooth on one side and sharp on the other), the toe alignment, or the extent to which the tyres turn inward or outward when viewed from above, needs to be fixed. If one side of your tyre tread wears down more rapidly than the other, this heel/toe wear could also be an indication of underinflation or a lack of rotation.
When wheels are properly aligned, not only will your tyres wear more evenly and last longer, but it will save you added money and service trips and help keep you and others safe on the road.
Vibrating Steering Wheel
If you notice shaking or vibrating in the wheel while driving your vehicle, this often means that the tyres are pulling in opposite directions and it’s time to bring it in for a wheel adjustment.
Also, if you hear any squealing sounds in the tyres when stopped or while driving, be sure to bring them in for us to check out, as this is also an indication that the alignment is off.
Substandard Steering & Suspension
If the steering ever feels shaky, unstable or loose while driving, and turning feels especially different, chances are it’s time to bring in your car for a wheel alignment service at one of our convenient, country-wide locations in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria or Western Australia.
To ensure optimal drivability, better fuel economy, top safety standards and less money spent on repairs and tyre replacements, coming in for regular wheel alignment services is a simple, cost-effective way to keep your car in top shape.