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. Our technicians at The Alignment Centre in Peterborough can provide wheel alignment services. Here are some indications that your vehicle is in need of an alignment:
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, or struts, 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, and check the following:
If the tread is deeper on the edges than in the centre, the tire is overinflated
If the tread is deeper in the centre than the edges, the tire is underinflated
If the tread is deeper on one side or the other, it is time to get your alignment checked by a professional
While running your hand across the tread of the tire, check to see if it is uniformly smooth in both directions. If the tread is smooth in one direction but jagged in the other, you have a “saw-tooth” wear pattern. This is caused by a toe-in problem. This condition causes rapid tire wear and it should be corrected immediately.
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:
Vibration in the steering wheel at certain highway speeds (most likely a front wheel out of balance)
Vibration in the seat or floorboard at certain highway speeds (most likely a back wheel out of balance)
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. If you have any questions about wheel alignment, call us today!