Having your wheel alignment unimpaired and intact goes hand in hand with drivability. A vehicle is not drivable if the wheel alignment is off. A driver should always be controlling the car, and if the wheel alignment is off, you are driving a car that has the possibility of fighting your control and controlling you altogether. As a driver, there is no way to predict what someone else on the road will do, the only controllable factor is yourself. If your car’s wheel alignment is off, you are adding to uncontrolled factors on the road risking the safety of yourself and any one you are in contact with. Misalignment can result from a variety of daily driving occurrences which are important to recognize.
How easy is it for my wheel to become misaligned?
There are several daily common driving experiences that can influence your wheel alignment for the worse including the action of driving alone. The reason for this is that the simple fact that your wheels come into contact with the road can cause jerking and pressure that can deter the alignment. When there are road bumps it only increases the severity alignment can be hindered. Common driving hindrances include:
- Driving quickly over street depressions
- Driving quickly over road rises
- Vehicle to vehicle collisions to any degree
- Colliding with street curbs
Alerts you alignment is slighted
As a driver operating a powerful machine, it is important we listen to the machine and not dismiss abnormalities, no matter the size, because small abnormalities can serve as warning signs of deeper problems, like off wheel alignment. Some examples include:
• Car Pulling when driving
• Tire Damage / Deterioration
• Unbalanced Tire Levels
• Shrieking or Squealing Noises from Tires
Upon observing any of these warning signs, it is important to take your vehicle in for observation to a certified automotive technician. The process of examination can vary depending on the technician, but typically there is some manual observation involved and ultimately computerized examination that will take place. The alignment machine will determine which of the 3 wheel alignment procedures is necessary.
3 Types of Wheel Alignment:
1. A Front-End Repair is a basic repair here the front axle of the vehicle is adjusted.
2. A Thrust Repair combines a front-end and thrust typically for cars with a solid rear axle. It checks that all four wheels are aligned.
3. A Four-Wheel Alignment Repair rearranges the rear axle angles in a combination with completing the first two types of alignments listed.
A vehicle should be easy to operate and control. Vehicles are powerful machines that can have dangerous repercussions if operated when not in tact. If you wheel your alignment could possibly off it is extremely essential a professional technician observes it promptly.