The telltale sign if your car needs wheel alignment is if your car is pulling significantly to left or right on straight drives. Also, if the alignment is out, your tires will start to wear unevenly. Uneven tyre wear – often, more wear on the outside of some tires – is a prime indicator that your car is likely out of alignment. The normal alignment on most vehicles is designed to minimize wear and tear and maximize driver and passenger comfort. When your wheels are out of alignment, your tires aren’t pointing in the right direction. This will affect your steering and suspension, but more significantly, it could affect safety of you and your passengers and the durability of tires and all the parts controlling them. Bad alignment will cause you to wear your tires much quicker
Your wheel might lose their alignment if you hit a pothole at a high speed. Check the alignment if your steering wheel doesn’t return easily after taking a U turn. Also, driving a lot on potholes filled roads, albeit slow, will also throw the alignment out. If you are trying to park a car and fit the edge of the footpath, it will affect the alignment as well. Or if you have ended up having a small accident, there are chances you will need a wheel alignment among other things. And even if you don’t face any of these thing, normal wear and tear of the suspension parts will throw the alignment out with the passage of time and changing those used parts makes it necessary to get the alignment done.
It depends on your driving how often you need an alignment. Also the roads on which you drive matter a lot as well. If you have to visit your village once in a month and roads are not as impeccable, maybe you should check the alignment more often. A rule of thumb for normal usage is to get an alignment checked from 10000 to 15000 kms.
Wheel alignment is a simple process, which may require slight adjustment of front and/or rear suspension components. Front-end alignment is the most common adjustment done in this regard, but it also sometimes necessary to have the alignment of the rear axle checked and adjusted. Well aligned car will not only give you better and smoother ride, but will also improve the handling of your car.
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