Do you ever feel your vehicle drifting or pulling to one side while driving straight? Is your steering wheel off-centre? Do you notice a rapid & disproportionate tyre wear?
If yes, then there is a high possibility that your wheel alignment is out.
Understanding Wheel Alignment
Wheel Alignment is a constituent of standard automobile maintenance. It involves the adjustment of wheel angles as per the manufacturer’s specifications. Those angles affect your vehicle’s driveability and your tyre’s wear patterns. Wheel alignment ensures that your wheels point in the right direction and operate at their maximum potential.
Every car that rolls off the manufacturer’s assembly line comes with perfectly aligned wheels, right down to a tenth of a degree. However, driving on bumpy roads, potholes and curbs may compromise the wheel alignment of your car.
What Does A Bad Alignment Feel Like?
Even though a bad alignment is not usually visible at a glance, several signs point towards a bad alignment.
- Tyres show disproportionate wear, particularly on one edge.
- Tyres wear down faster than they should.
- The vehicle pulls to one side instead of driving straight down the road.
- The steering wheel feels either too tight or too loose.
- The front wheels are perpendicular to the road while the steering wheel is turned to the left or right.
If your luxury car shows one or more signs of bad alignment, it is reasonable to have a mechanic inspect your car for wheel alignment.
Why Do You Need Wheel Alignment?
Wheel alignment is necessary to make sure your wheels go round & round perfectly.
- Bad wheel alignment is not only uncomfortable for the driver and passenger but could also lead to safety hazards. Additionally, it might compromise the gas mileage and tyre tread of your car.
- Perfect wheel alignment might increase fuel efficiency as the wheels won’t have to unnecessarily drag on the road. Simultaneously, it would ease up the load on the engine.
- Wheel alignment is considered to be cost-efficient when compared to the damages bad alignment could inflict upon your car. Wheel alignment might also tone down the wear & tear of tyres. This means no need to buy new tyres frequently.
- An aligned vehicle could mean a smoother, more comfortable ride, without excessive bouncing & shaking.
How Is Wheel Alignment Done?
Interestingly, the process of a wheel alignment is not completely about the wheels. It is about the suspension parts of your car which may need some adjustments.
The suspension is a complex structure of components that connects a car’s body to the wheels. The components are designed to work in connection with each other to support the smooth manoeuvre of a car and ensure the wheels remain in proper contact with the road.
Step 1 of getting wheel alignment done is to bring your car to a reputable automotive workshop, like BASCA Motor Works. Wheel alignment requires expertise in various aspects of a car. Hence, it is smart to consult an experienced professional.
Step 2 is the mechanic’s part as he/she will take the measurements of your current suspension alignment angles either mechanically (using a series of calibrated tools) or digitally (using lasers and cameras).
Step 3 is where the actual wheel alignment takes place. Your car is raised onto a platform, and an experienced professional adjusts the three different suspension angles (Camber, Toe and Caster) either mechanically or digitally, as per the manufacturer’s specifications.
We, at BASCA Motor Works a team of certified engineers are true believers in delivering precision work with perfection. If you haven’t had your luxury car’s wheel alignment checked over the past six months, book an appointment at BASCA Motor Works for a precautionary wheel alignment.