Wheel balancing and alignment services promote safe driving operation and can extend the life of your vehicle and its components. Make sure your vehicle is operating at peak efficiency with service from the professionals at The Alignment Centre. Please contact us to schedule a service appointment.
What is a wheel alignment?
A wheel alignment consists of making adjustments to the wheels of your vehicle to ensure that they are perpendicular to the ground, and parallel to each other.
How do I know if my vehicle needs an alignment?
Some indications that your vehicle is in need of an alignment include:
Pulling – If your vehicle continually pulls to the left or right when you let go of the wheel, or if it is hard to keep it in a straight line without constantly steering it needs an alignment.
Installation of New Parts – If you have had repairs done to your car or truck, such as ball joints, tie rod ends, struts, etc. you should have an alignment performed as soon as possible.
Collision Damage – If you have hit a curb or a large pothole or have been involved in a collision, your vehicle should be checked for suspension damage and an alignment, if needed.
Tire Wear Patterns - It is a good idea to periodically check your tires for uneven wear patterns. For each tire, insert a coin into the tread at the inside, centre and outside.
What is wheel balancing?
A wheel is out of balance when it is heavier on one side than the other. To correct the imbalance, the wheel is mounted on a wheel balancing machine that locates the heavy section of the wheel. A lead weight is then attached to the opposite side of the wheel to compensate for the imbalance. Out of balance wheels can cause any of the following issues:
a) Vibration in the steering wheel at certain highway speeds (most likely a front wheel out of balance)
b) Vibration in the seat or floorboard at certain highway speeds (most likely a back wheel out of balance
c) Scalloped or cupped wear pattern on the tires
Most high quality tires will hold their balance well and will very gradually go out of balance.