What Is Wheel Alignment?
Alignment of wheel means that all the wheels of the car are properly aligned in the way they should be. With time and usage of a car, these settings usually need adjustment to keep them properly aligned. Proper wheel alignment for a car plays a significant role in the dynamics of the vehicle in motion. Technically, it is an act of making sure that the geometric angles of Caster, Camber and Toe are correct in a tyre, if you don’t know these angles, you need not worry, just make sure that you get the alignment done on a regular basis, well how frequently, read on for more details.
When to get the wheels checked for alignment?
- Your vehicle took a hit (kerb or god-forbid any other vehicle)
- You notice an uneven or abnormal tyre wear
- You experience handling issues like the vehicle pulling off towards left or right and the steering not returning easily after you take a turn
- When you replace your steering and suspension components, make sure you don’t return home without a wheel alignment check at that service center
- Any of the above cases or after driving for 50,000 km a wheel alignment is recommended
What if you ignore it?
- You will need a new set of tyres pretty soon, due to the abnormal wear caused by the faulty wheel alignment
- The drive may not be as comfortable as was claimed by your car dealer
- Proper tyre wear which is achieved by a perfectly aligned wheel will result in better contact surface between the tyre and road and improve the fuel economy
- You put the co-passengers and yourself at risk due to instability and hazards which faulty alignment may pose
How long does it takes to get wheel alignment done?
Most of the front and rear wheel alignment can be achieved in about 30 minutes to an hours time. Even though at the service center, you may hear engineering jargon like castor, camber and toe but wheel alignment actually is a pretty straightforward operation.Your car will be driven onto a platform that allows the wheels to spin while the rotation and orientation of each wheel is assessed by a computer. Specifications will be checked electronically for the year, make and model of your car. If these specs are off, an adjustment will be made to each appropriate wheel until they match up properly. Your vehicle will likely be test-driven both before and after the alignment.