Why does my car need an alignment?
On all vehicles the geometry can move out of alignment, this is commonly known as misalignment. There are several reasons why cars become misaligned:
Through everyday driving, but especially factors such as kerbing, hitting a potholes etc, which can alter it dramatically.
Through worn suspension parts.
It may be that it was wrongly adjusted previously.
Reduced Tyre Wear
Improper alignment is a major cause of premature tyre wear. Over the years, a properly aligned car can add thousands of miles to tyre life.
Improved Fuel Consumption
Fuel consumption reduces as the drag on the tyres (rolling resistance) decreases. Four wheel alignment sets the wheels straight/parallel, which along with correct tyre pressures, minimises the rolling resistance.
Saves Money & Environment
By preventing premature tyre wear and forcing the purchase of new tyres, and also by improving fuel economy/ CO2 emissions, it not only reduces the cost of motoring – putting more money in your pocket, but helps the environment too!
Many handling problems can be corrected by four wheel alignment, giving the driver a better and more enjoyable driving experience.
Misalignment will make the car less stable when taking emergency or evasive action. A suspension system inspection is done as part of an alignment procedure, therefore potentially allows worn parts to be spotted before they cause a more costly problem.