Wheel alignment and wheel balancing helps to ensure that your vehicle is safer to drive, can prolong the lifespan of your tyres, and delivers superior driving control, comfort and safety.
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Manufacturers typically recommend that your vehicle have a wheel alignment service every 6 months, or 10,000 kilometres driven - whichever comes first.
Signs that you may need a wheel alignment include feeling as though your vehicle is pulling to one side of the road, or your steering wheel starts to vibrate or shudder when driving at higher speeds.
Contact BestDrive Gosford for a professional wheel alignment and wheel balancing service that ensures your vehicle, and tyres, are running to the highest standard.
What is wheel alignment?
Wheel alignment is key to ensuring that you get the best wear and performance out of your tyres. Unaligned wheels typically occur over time, through everyday driving. Incidents such as hitting potholes or curbs can fast track the occurrence.
When your tyres are correctly aligned, your car handles better. A correct wheel alignment will ensure that your steering wheel is centred and the tyres are in the correct facing position.
A wheel alignment is the measurement, analysis and adjustment of your vehicle’s steering and suspension angles. It makes sure that the wheels are perpendicular (at an angle of 90 degrees) to the ground and parallel to each other.
If the alignment is out by as little as one millimetre from the manufacturer’s recommendations, this may be enough to cause premature wear to your tyres.
When should you have a wheel alignment service?
You should have a wheel alignment completed whenever you are fitting new tyres, or if you change the suspension on your car. At a minimum, you should at least have a wheel alignment service once a year, along with a tyre rotation, to ensure tyre life is maximised.
What is involved in a wheel alignment service?
As every vehicle make and model is unique, there are different methods of adjustment.
Ultimately however, a wheel alignment involves three main measurements - caster, camber and toe. These measurements have standards that a qualified BestDrive technician uses as targets of adjustment.
What is wheel balancing?
The probability of a tyre and rim being made perfectly symmetrical is low. Inevitably, there will be slightly more weight somewhere on each.
If a wheel is out of balance, it will cause a vibration that can be felt through the steering wheel, most notably when travelling at higher speeds. Failure to address these warning signs can seriously impact on your vehicle’s overall performance.
A wheel balance ensures that the weight of your wheels is evenly distributed around the tyre. This works to prolong the life of your tyres, increase performance and improve your vehicle’s safety.
When should you have a wheel balancing service?
A wheel balance is a necessity when fitting new tyres to a wheel or when existing tyres are dismounted for repair.
A wheel balance may also be required if you are experiencing shuddering in the steering wheel, uneven treadwear, rapid treadwear, or a combination of these symptoms.
When combined with a wheel alignment, balanced wheels provide you with a smooth ride and reduce the chances of premature tyre wear.
What is Involved in a wheel balancing service?
When you choose to have a wheel balance done through a BestDrive tyre and service centre, a qualified technician will diagnose your wheel balance using a special machine. They will then balance your vehicle’s wheels by affixing weights to the rim.