Wheel Alignment is one of the important maintenance tasks of your vehicle. It consists of measurement of complex suspension angles and the adjustment of a variety of suspension components. It is a suspension-tuning tool which greatly influences the vehicle’s handling and tire wear.
It is very obvious to realize a car is extremely out of alignment if your car pulls to one side or you have to constantly turn the steering wheel just to keep the vehicle pointed straight. However, sometimes subtle misalignment issues are not so noticeable. While misalignment of your vehicle can cost you in form of accelerated wear and tear of tyres, reduced fuel efficiency, it can be a real hazard because of improper control of steering.
Driving with bad alignment can significantly increase the cost of operating your vehicle apart from you being a hazard on the road for yourself as well as others. Bad Wheel Alignment will increase the cost of operating your vehicle because:
- Your vehicle tyres will wear out much faster and you will have to replace the tyres sooner than usual. Bad Wheel Alignment can significantly increase the wear and tear of tyres and decrease their life by several thousand kilometers very quickly. Tyres are not cheap.
- Bad Wheel Alignment also effects the fuel efficiency of your car. It will decrease the amount of mileage you get per litre of fuel. You will pay more for Petrol or Diesel.
- It will also affect the other parts of suspension and can cause accelerated wear and tear, adding to the cost for repairs.
What are the causes of bad Wheel Alignment?
There can be several reasons for your vehicle’s wheel alignment going out. Bad roads, going in an out of pot holes can cause your vehicles alignment to go out. Normal wear and tear of the suspension of the vehicle over a period of time is another reason for wheel alignment of your vehicle going out. Some times, the terrain like hill driving can cause stress on your vehicles suspensions resulting in wheel alignment going out.
How to find out if you have Bad Wheel Alignment?
Bad Wheel Alignment can be identified by simple inspection. Check the following:
- Check tyre tread. If you notice uneven wear in your tyres, it may be caused because of bad wheel alignment.
- If the car is pulling to one side of the road while driving, it is a sure sign that the Wheel Alignment is out.
- If your steering wheel is off center while you are driving straight, it may be due to bad Wheel Alignment.
How often should you get a Wheel Alignment Check done?
It is recommended you get your Vehicles Wheel Alignment checked every 6 months or 10,000 kms, whichever occurs first. It is strongly advised, if you notice uneven wear in the tyres or any of the symptoms stated above, you should get your vehicle’s Wheel Alignment checked as soon as possible.
How much does it cost?
Wheel Alignment check is not very expensive. The cost of Wheel Alignment depends on the make and model of your vehicle as well as the equipment used to align it. Cost of Wheel Alignment check is fraction of what you may end up paying for new tyres if you keep running your vehicle with bad Wheel Alignment.
To know the technical details of what exactly is Wheel Alignment and how is it done, read Everything about Wheel Alignment.
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