Wheel alignment and balancing are two of the most fundamental maintenance tasks that should be performed regularly to keep your car running smoothly. At MB Automotive, we use specialist equipment to adjust the wheels of your vehicle, ensuring they are meeting the road properly, are pointing straight, and are centred in the wheel wells. Essentially, the wheels will be returned to their original positioning to optimise the performance of your car.
While most car services will include wheel alignment, it may also be necessary if you hit a pothole or kerb. When your wheels are misaligned, your handling of the car will be impacted, as will your fuel efficiency and the longevity of your tyres. If you have any concerns about your wheels, visit us at MB Automotive – we’ll make sure your wheels are aligned to the recommended position as outlined in your vehicle’s manufacturer specification.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is recommended that get your wheels checked at every other oil change, or every 6,000 miles – whichever comes first. Some people say you can get your wheels aligned as little as every other year, but it is safer for you and other drivers to do this more often.
You may not immediately notice a sudden drop in performance, but if you don’t get your wheels aligned regularly, your tyres will degrade much faster. Wheel alignment also improves your fuel efficiency and ensures a smoother drive because your wheels are contacting the road as they should. All of this can save you time and money when it comes to replacing tyres and refuelling your vehicle.
Some of the signs that you need to bring your car in for a wheel alignment include unusually rapid or uneven tyre wear or your car pulling to the left or right. You should also take notice if your steering wheel tends to be crooked even when you are driving in a straight line. Pay attention to sounds like noisy steering and squealing from the tyres, as these are also signs that you need to get your wheels aligned.
If you ignore wheel misalignment and try to continue driving without getting your vehicle fixed, then you are likely to face a multitude of problems. Your vehicle is going to drag to one side, causing you to have to grip harder when driving. It can also impact how well the car brakes and handles, which poses a safety risk to anyone in your car or around you on the road. You may also get some drag from your wheels, meaning the vehicle will start to drain fuel much more quickly. To save yourself money and avoid unnecessary risk, make sure to bring your car to MB Automotive and get it checked out as soon as possible.