Wheel Alignment service in Tamworth
Talk to Duffy's Automotive Tamworth about your wheel alignment today. We can combine our fully qualified expertise and knowledge with our local understanding of the driving conditions in North West NSW and the Tamworth area to not only make sure your wheels are aligned correctly, but to confirm there are no underlying issues with the technologies behind the wheel that keep you safe on the roads.
Read more about Why only qualified technicians should perform wheel alignment procedures here.
What is a wheel alignment?
Aligning a vehicle’s wheels is a complex job which involves taking specific measurements and making adjustments to the wheels on your car so that they run perfectly parallel to each other and in line with the surface of the road.
Put simply, the term “wheel alignment” refers to how well the wheels on your vehicle are aligned relative to each other, as well as to the centre line of the vehicle. While alignment settings can differ between manufacturers and models, all vehicles are designed to deliver precise steering and braking responses - but only if the wheel alignment angles are correct for that vehicle.
Benefits of Wheel Alignment
• Increased fuel economy.
• Prolonged tyre life.
• Braking and steering response is improved.
• Straight-line tracking is improved, and driver fatigue is reduced since the overall driving experience is improved.
Why do wheels need such precise aligning?
When one wheel is inclined even the slightest little bit to the right while the other three are facing straight ahead this creates ‘pull’ from that wheel. This creates uneven tyre wear and affects both your suspension and your steering and therefore the overall safety of your vehicle. Badly aligned tyres can have a serious effect on your ability to steer your car –including extreme cases where it could be difficult to control your car altogether. Nobody wants to have difficulty steering round city corners, but this could be seriously dangerous if you face an emergency situation like having to brake or swerve suddenly to avoid an accident on the road.
What cause my tyres to go out of alignment?
There are plenty of things which ‘undo’ your wheel alignment. Potholes, rough roads and driving, basic wear and tear, speed bumps or hitting the curb when you park can all affect your cars
Maintaining the wheel alignment on your car is an integral aspect of its overall maintenance and upkeep. However, this very important step is often ignored or skipped until the first symptoms of poor wheel alignment show up in the form of ruined tyres. Here’s some common signs to look out for…
• Uneven or accelerated wear on the edges of your tyres
• The steering has a “mushy” feel or has become less responsive.
• If your car’s steering wheel pulls to one side.
When should you get a wheel alignment?
How do I know when my car needs a wheel alignment?
When your tyres go out of alignment you will observe things like pulling to one side, or possibly your car might feel as though it is swerving side to side, your steering wheel could feel out of balance or your tyres start wearing down unevenly. The majority of the time the decline of your wheel alignment happens so gradually you don’t even notice the way your car handles has changed - but you will certainly notice the sudden improvement once your wheels get properly aligned.
Obviously, the best time to get a wheel alignment is when noticeable symptoms of poor alignment are present, but there are also other “best” times:
• When you rotate the tyres
• When you replace one or more tyres
• When you replace standard, steel rims with lightweight alloy rims.
• After any maintenance or repairs on steering or suspension systems - both front and rear.
• When you perform any modification that alters the vehicle ride height or weight distribution.
If you would like to know more about Wheel Alignment check out the following articles :
What causes wheel alignment to “go bad”?
Importance of wheel alignment on new tyres
Wheel Alignment vs Wheel Balance
Types of Wheel Alignment and Procedures
Why only qualified technicians should perform wheel alignment procedures
Duffy's Automotive Tamworth perform Wheel Alignment on most makes and models – if your car needs a wheel alignment please call us for a quote or fill in our contact form today.