WHAT IS WHEEL ALIGNMENT
Alignment also known as tracking, not only refers to the vehicle’s wheels but to its’ suspension as well. It makes your ride safer by ensuring a proper handling and that your vehicle drives straight. The way a wheel is oriented on a vehicle is divided into 3 main components namely: Toe, Camber and Caster
INDICATORS OF A FAULTY ALIGNMENT
1) Your vehicle seems to be ‘pulling’ to one side
2) Irregular tyre wear
3) You are driving straight, but your steering wheel isn’t in the centered position.
WHEN TO CHECK YOUR WHEEL ALIGNMENT
Apart from the above listed symptoms, it is wise to check your wheel alignment when:
1) New tyres are installed
2) Suspension components are installed or
3) The vehicle has encountered a major road hazard
Alignment on a sedan car normally takes around 30 -45 minutes under ideal conditions while for utility vehicles it may take longer due to more components that have to be adjusted. However, when fasteners and hardware are rusted/seized, extra time maybe needed.