Wheel alignments are the procedure of adjusting and maintaining the angles of the wheels relative to both each other and the car’s frame/body. This is achieved by first driving the car onto the Alignment Hoist, where sensors are placed onto each wheel. Using these sensors a computer measures the angles of the wheels, this allows the technician to compare the measurements and see how they sit in relation to the car’s body. From here the technician can adjust the angles of the wheels so that they meet the correct specifications.
It’s important to have wheel alignments done to your car because over the life of your car it’s inevitable that the wheel angels will change. This can happen for several reasons from hitting large potholes or curbs, going over speed bumps too quickly, and even accidents. These will result in wear and tear on rubber bushings in the suspension and potentially the sagging of springs. You may also need a wheel alignment if you’ve recently replaced the suspension and/or steering components, as well as after raising or lowering the suspension.
The symptoms of an irregular wheel alignment are as follows:
- Your car feels as though it pulls to one side when driving on a straight and flat road.
- You find that the tyres are wearing unevenly.
- When driving straight the steering wheel is not centered.
- When driving the car wanders from side to side and/or feels unstable.
Wheel alignments directly affect the tyres, suspension, and steering components. That means, getting your car aligned will allow your car to handle better, feel more stable, and will also allow for these particular pieces to last longer.
Big Box Recommends Wheel Alignments every 12 months as a minimum to protect your tyres to ensure they are long lasting. If you are noticing any of the symptoms mentioned above or know it's time for wheels to be checked for alignment Big Box Service & Tyres is more than happy to help and ensure your vehicle is safe.
The next time you need to have your vehicle serviced, visit BigBoxCars Service & Tyres and put your mind at ease whilst our professional technicians take the time to ensure your tyres are well-cared for, and that you’ll be traveling smoothly and safely.
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