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When Do You Need a Wheel Alignment?

This is a simple process, which may require slight adjustment of front and/or rear suspension components. If your vehicle’s wheels are not properly aligned, this can cause abnormal wearing of the tyres.

People often get confused between wheel alignment and wheel balancing. They are completely different. Wheel alignment, or tracking as it’s sometimes called, consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are as specified by your vehicle manufacturer. On the other hand, wheel balancing allows the wheels to spin without causing unnecessary vibration.

Depending on the vehicle, correcting wheel alignment involves adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they have the specified amount of toe in / toe out and camber. The three main adjustments which may be made concerning alignment are camber, caster, and toe.

And although wheel alignment is usually listed by car makers as something that needs regular checks like oil changes etc, it should be something you are aware of.  Wheel alignment can affect the amount of wear and tear that tyres endure.

The normal alignment on most vehicles is designed to minimise wear and tear and maximise driver and passenger comfort. Correct four wheel alignment will reduce wear on your tyres, help increase their life and performance, and improve fuel economy.  It will also improve handling and driving safety by reducing steering and stability problems.

You can schedule an appointment at your friendly local BC Tyre & Battery Services Sdn Bhd to give your alignment and balancing an inspection.


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