Every part in your car starting from the engine and ending with alloy rims has its purpose. Similarly, there are components (like the suspension) that are responsible for your vehicle’s ability to go straight, and when they go awry from their well-calculated locations after you, for example, hit a pothole or bumped a kerb, your tyre alignment can be upset. Experts from the online shop giga-tyres.co.uk warn that improper alignment wears your tyres faster and in an uneven way, which in turn, affects your safety, gas consumption, and automotive control. Since checking your wheels for the correct alignment is so crucial, here is what you need to know about it.
How do you know if you need a wheel alignment?
If you have noticed that the tread of your tyre(s) is worn unevenly, your car is pulled in one direction (right or left), or your steering wheel vibrates or has an off-centre position while you drive straight, you need to get your tyre alignment checked by a licensed technician.
3 alignment issues that wear your tyres faster
- Camber. It is when your wheel(s) are turned through a certain outward (positive camber) or inward (negative camber) angle when you look at your vehicle from its front. This improper wheel position needs to be adjusted; bearings and other suspension components must also be checked.
- Caster. It is when your steering axis is turned through a certain angle to the driver (positive caster) or to the car’s front (negative caster) when you look at the steel rims of your front wheels.
- Toe. It is when your tyres are turned outward or inward through a certain angle when you look at them from above. Both toe-in and toe-out alignments require being adjusted.
Now look at your tyres’ tread. When one side is worn, but another is still sharp (it is called feathering), it signals that a toe alignment is needed. If both sides of the tread are worn, but the centre looks newer, you’ve got a camber type of misalignment. If you have noticed that one side of each tread’s block is more worn than another and the tyre’s surface reminds a saw when you look from its side, it is a sign that the tyre is systematically underinflated and (or) has a bad rotation performance.
All of these types of tread wear signal about the tyre alignment issue. Experts recommend to undergo alignment checks regularly to prevent your tyres from the premature wear (which results in more frequent tyre changes and increases the odds of flats and blow-outs) and enjoy the smooth ride and full control over your vehicle.