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Why Do I Need Wheel Alignment?

Wheel alignment is very important to a vehicle, but for the uninitiated, it can be unclear as to why it’s so important. It can also be difficult to know when you need to have your tyres re-aligned, so we’re going to run through the important points to keep in mind when it comes to re-aligning your wheels.

Firstly, you need to know what wheel alignment is. It is the adjustment of a vehicle’s suspension, which connects the vehicle to the wheels. The wheels themselves are not touched in this process, the only part they play is having the tyres angled correctly, so they make the best possible contact with the road.

How do I know if I need wheel alignment?

There are several telltale signs that your vehicle is in need of wheel alignment. The signs should be apparent when driving, or with an inspection of your vehicle. They are:

  • Uneven tread wear on the tyres
  • Vehicle pulling in a certain direction
  • Steering wheel vibration
  • When driving straight, the steering wheel is off-center

If you notice any of these issues when driving, or if you check your car and see that the tread on the tyre is worn unevenly, then it is time to get your wheels re-aligned. Visit a professional mechanic who will be able to do this for you.

 

What is the difference between wheel alignment and wheel balancing?

Wheels that are unbalanced feel different to wheels that are misaligned. With unbalanced wheels, the problem lies with imperfections in the tyre rubber or damage to the rim of the wheel. When these issues are present, the tyre will be heavier in certain areas, which means it can wobble – this problem can be felt in the steering wheel as you drive.

Balancing a tyre requires the use of computer equipment that locates these aforementioned imperfections and identifies the parts of the tyre that need weight adding to them. When you are getting wheels repaired, you should also have them balanced, to be safe.

Tyres Northampton are experts in providing the highest quality tyres for vehicles of all kinds, as well as tyre balancing and wheel alignment services. If you would like to know more about what we do, please get in touch with us today and we will be more than happy to help.

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