Wheel alignment involves adjusting the angle of the four wheels so that they are aligned with each other, as per the car manufacturer's specifications and is an important part of a vehicles’ maintenance. Misaligned wheels can cause uneven and rapid tyre wear, worn suspension and will ultimately affect the handling and safety of your vehicle. It can also result in poor fuel economy as the vehicle faces resistance on the road surface making the car work much harder to drive.
The purpose of this adjustment is to maximise tyre life and ensure that the vehicle drives in a straight line.
Wheel alignment is different to but often confused with wheel balancing  which ensures that the wheel weights are fitted correctly  around the rim and tyre combination  and ensures it is rotationally balanced.
 
What could cause wheel alignment problems?
  • Normal wear and tear
  • Hitting a pothole, pavement or similar object with your tire
  • Being in a car accident
  • Driving too quickly over speed bumps or uneven surfaces
 
What are the signs of poor wheel alignment?
  • Either the inner or the outer edge of the tyres become unevenly worn or a “feathering” effect becomes noticeable
  • Uneven or rapid tyre wear
  • Steering pulls to the right or left
  • Steering wheel vibration
  • Drifting or wandering off course when driving in a straight line and on a level road
  • The spokes of the steering wheel appearing to be ‘off centre’ when driving on a straight and level road.
 
What should I do if suspect my vehicles’ wheels are misaligned?
If you suspect your alignment has been disturbed, you should have it checked immediately.
Else it should be checked every 10,000 kilometres or when tyres or steering components have been changed.
 
Workshop @ LPM Trading has a fully equipped workshop that allow us to do professional and accurate wheel alignment and balancing.
We supply tires from the best brands to bring you a full and comprehensive wheel and tire service.
 

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