What Causes Misaligned Wheels?
Safe and comfortable driving requires all of the parts of your car to work in harmony with one another. It’s vitally important that your steering wheel aligns perfectly with your wheels so that you can easily control your vehicle’s movements on the road. Misaligned wheels can be caused by a number of factors, so MV Auto is taking a closer look at this issue and the ways we solve it.
Misalignment from Sudden Impact
This is the most common reason for throwing off your tyre alignment, and you should bring your car to a Perth mechanic when you notice problems after:
- Driving over a pothole
- Running into a concrete block that separates carparks
- Hitting the gutter
- Driving too fast over speedbumps
- A minor car accident
It doesn’t take much to throw off your alignment as this is a sensitive component of your car. The larger the impact, the more likely that you’ll have alignment problems and will need to visit the mechanic.
General Wear and Tear
Misalignment doesn’t always come down to a sudden impact. In fact, as your car suffers wear and tear over time, your wheels and tyres can gradually fall out of alignment. It may be worn-down suspension springs that are causing the issue, considering the alignment between your steering wheel and the wheels is dependent on your suspension.
Regular log book servicing will prevent alignment problems because your mechanic will have a chance to replace and repair parts as they start to deteriorate. Your car’s alignment will most likely need to be checked every 6-12 months, so stay up to date on your servicing and you won’t have an issue.
Modifying Your Vehicle’s Height
If you’ve recently changed the height of your car, you’ll need to make sure you haven’t altered your alignment. Your suspension has been designed by the manufacturer to work for the specific height of the car, so altering its height without altering the suspension can throw off your alignment. Simply speak with your mechanic if you have changed, or want to change, your car’s height.
Why Is Alignment So Important?
Aligned wheels are high-performing wheels. Imagine trying to ride a bike with the back wheel pointing at 45 degrees – you’d need to use more power and put additional pressure on the front wheel to get anywhere.
Misaligned wheels can lead to:
- Reduced vehicle performance
- Worn-down tyres
- Unevenly worn tyres
- Difficulty steering – the car may pull to the side
- Expensive repairs in the long term
Book Your Service or Repairs at MV Auto
Book your log book service with the mechanic Perth relies on. Stop looking for “wheel alignment and balancing near me” and bring your car to MV Auto in Perth. Our family-operated team will keep your wheels and tyres in peak performance. Call us on 0405 811 618 or contact us online.