The overall aim of a wheel alignment is to set your vehicles steering and suspension geometry to ensure maximum tyre contact with the road under actual driving conditions. We highly recommend a wheel alignment be carried out if:
- You've had new tyres fitted to your vehicle
- You've had any suspension work carried out to your vehicle
- If your steering is pulling to one side on a straight road
- If you've noticed your tyres are wearing out faster than normal
- If you've hit a pot hole, gutter or any obstruction on the road
Did you know you can maximise your fuel consumption by minimising tyre drag? Included in every service we carry out, your vehicle tyre drag is tested via our SafeTstop. Therefore your wheel alignment is checked on a regular basis, so if you haven't had any unexpected mishaps you should not need a wheel alignment in between services.
So, what’s the magic number? Well, most car manufacturers suggest every six months to a year or every 10,000kms, whichever comes first. But keep in mind, this is just for an average vehicle. Cars that perform more heavy duty tasks are advised to have more frequent services. Plus, if you drive an older car, it might be worth booking in a little earlier and keeping a close eye on your odometer. Good mechanical repairers should look at your car and individually diagnose it (just like if it were a person going to the doctor - everyone’s different!).