The Difference Between Wheel Balancing and Wheel Alignment
March 22, 2019 at 9:32 AM
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN I NEED WHEEL ALIGNMENT?
The condition of the roads in the UK is one of the main reasons for misaligned wheels. Driving over potholes or harsh speed bumps as well as directly impacting the kerb can alter the positioning of the tyres.
If you notice your vehicle has started to pull or drift to one side while on a straight road, it is highly likely that the tyres have become misaligned. Similarly, the steering wheel may be off-centre when you're driving straight.
Incorrect wheel alignment can also cause uneven tyre wear, increased fuel consumption, and you could experience uneven braking. It's recommended that wheel alignment is conducted at least once a year, especially if your vehicle is fitted with any Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) such as Adaptive Cruise Control or Lane Keep Assist.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WHEEL ALIGNMENT?
To get the maximum benefit from a wheel alignment service, you should always opt for 4 wheel alignment. Unlike a 2 wheel alignment, which simply performs tracking on the front wheels, a 4 wheel alignment will ensure all tyres have been checked and reset to manufacturer settings to provide optimum performance levels.
Fixing misaligned wheels will prevent your car or van from pulling to one side so you can drive on a straight road without having to struggle with your steering wheel which also increases the vehicle's safety.
As mentioned, incorrectly aligned wheels result in accelerated tyre wear and increased fuel consumption. By changing them less frequently you will save money in the long run and reduce fuel consumption as a result of reduced rolling resistance.
Correctly aligned tyres will reduce the risk of other parts wearing prematurely (e.g. suspension) helping you to save further money on potentially costly repairs.