Your car may need a wheel alignment because over time the geometry of the wheels can become misaligned. Misalignment can happen for a wide variety of reasons but the most common tend to be everyday driving such as hitting potholes or kerbs, wearing out of suspension parts and incorrect initial adjustment.
Having your car’s wheels aligned will bring a wide range of benefits and is something that should be done at least once per year or every 12000-15000 miles. Incorrect wheel alignment is one of the most frequent causes of excessive tyre wear and if you arrange to have your car’s wheels aligned regularly, this can add thousands of miles to the life of your tyres.
Correct wheel alignment can also help you improve the fuel consumption of your vehicle. This is achieved by reducing the drag or rolling resistance – four wheel alignments will set the wheels in straight, parallel lines and this, combined with correct tyre pressures, will minimise drag.
Wheel alignment will also improve the handling of your car which is essential for safe and enjoyable driving. The majority of handling problems can be resolved by four wheel alignment, making your car more stable when cornering or taking emergency action to avoid a collision. The four wheel alignment procedure also includes a suspension system inspection, allowing for the identification of any worn parts which can then be replaced before they lead to more expensive problems.