Aligning the steering or parallelism of the car is a vital operation in order to enjoy safe and comfortable driving. It means ensure the wheels are parallel on each axle, and the axles are parallel to each other, adjusting wheel angles according to the vehicle manufacturer's measurements.
WHEN SHOULD I CARRY OUT A STEERING ALIGNMENT?
In normal conditions, once a year, or every 15,000 kilometres, to correct any deviations caused by small impacts or large potholes. Whenever you fit new tyres or rotate the tyres - swapping front and back tyres - it is essential to align the steering.
You should also carry out a parallel check on the car when you replace any part of the suspension or steering, or if you have hit anything.
And if you ever notice that the car is not responsive, that steering becomes hard or if it drifts to one side, or you notice significant wear on one side of a tyre, come and see us, and we will make the necessary adjustments.
WHY SHOULD I ALIGN MY CAR’S STEERING
- Ensures the car's steering is in perfect condition
- Ensures uniform wear, and thus the tyre's adherence to the road surface
- Significantly extends the lifespan of your tyres
- Provides safer, more comfortable driving
IS ALIGNMENT THE SAME AS WHEEL BALANCING?
No, it’s not the same.
Alignment involves setting the wheels on each axle in parallel, and the axles parallel to each other, adjusting wheel angles so that the car steering does not drift to one side, as well as ensuring driver comfort and good grip for the tyres, thus guaranteeing safety at the wheel.
Balancing is a mechanical process of adjusting the wheels to prevent vehicle vibration at any speed, no matter what type of driving is used.