What you Need to Know about Car Wheels and Wheel Alignment


wheel alignmentThe wheels of your vehicle need regular attention and proper care. Wheels get damaged due to potholes and bad roads, leading to misalignment. When your tire alignment is out, your ability to drive safely gets compromised. Unaligned wheels can make your car pull to one side of the road with your steering wheel experiencing vibrations in it due to balancing issues. Such a vehicle is prone to cause accidents and depending on the state of the car, you might need towing service to have it pulled to the next auto shop.

Understanding wheel balancing

Wheel balancing helps in ensuring that the weight of the wheel is even when it turns. Every time a new wheel is mounted onto the axle, the wheel should be re-balanced to ensure that it continues to rotate regularly. Wheels that are not balanced produce vibrations that are uncomfortable to the driver and the results.

The first warning sign that your wheels may be out of balance is when your steering wheels start to wobble above a certain speed, causing considerable discomfort while holding the wheel. Due to vehicle weight, drivers may not be able to sense an imbalance at the steering wheel.

A machine rotates the tire and wheel assembly and automatically calculates even the minimal differences in weight across the car wheel. The balancing machine identifies the exact position where a balancing counterweight should be applied.

What happens during wheel alignment?

wheel alignmentWheel alignment also referred to as tracking or breaking is part of a standard automobile maintenance that includes adjusting the angles of wheels so that they are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground. Imperfections, rubber blemishes and damage to a tire can throw a wheel out of balance. This means one section of the tire or rim is heavier.

Tire alignment can help your tires perform properly and thus help them last longer. It also improves the handling and keeping your vehicle from pulling in one direction or even vibrating strangely on the road. Alignment involves adjusting the vehicle suspension – the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. The key to a proper alignment is adjusting the angles of the tires which affect the way they make contact with the road.

During wheel alignment, ensure that you check different aspects such as;

•    Inspect vehicle suspension and the steering systems including tire air, tire pressure and the condition of the tire.

•    Ensure that your car is well placed on an alignment rack, where laser sensors are mounted to measure the current alignment setting.

•    Print initial tire alignment readings

•    Inspect suspension and any steering systems including air pressure and tire condition.

The modern car is built for comfort, performance, and handling. To be able to achieve and thus maintain the best ride possible, the steering and suspension need to be measured and properly adjusted within the manufacture’s specifications.

Wheel balancing can help eliminate vibrations, and you should be able to notice a smoother ride. Regular tire alignment checkups are a must-do. The better the maintenance you keep, the longer your car will run smoothly and efficiently. When your wheels are aligned, your car handles better.