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Signs your car needs to be realigned

There are a lot of things to know about routine car maintenance. How often should you get your oil changed? When’s a good time to get new tyres or brake pads? And the list goes on. What about your vehicle’s wheel alignment? How often should you check it? And what are some signs that your alignment is off? We have the answers for you!

Why do tyres need to be realigned?

An out-of-alignment car is a common result of everyday driving. But the term alignment doesn't really refer to your car's wheels but rather to the suspension. As part of normal driving, parts of your car's suspension may become worn, and springs can be stretched out. Even a small accident or bumping a curb can disrupt your suspension, knocking some of the highly calibrated components off-kilter, making your wheels sit at improper angles. An alignment restores these angles to their correct measurements, making sure that your wheels sit straight.

How to tell if your wheel alignment is off

If you're wondering whether your vehicle needs to be realigned, first look at your tyres. Uneven tyre wear is a prime indicator that your car is likely out of alignment. Here are a few more signs:

  • Your car seems to be drifting to one side, even when you think you're driving straight.
  • Your steering wheel vibrates.
  • You are driving straight, but your steering wheel isn't centered.

If you don't notice any of these signs but it's been a while since your last alignment, check your owner's manual to see how often the manufacturer recommends having this service.

How to arrange for your wheels to be aligned

If you notice any of these signs, or if your car is due a tyre and alignment check, one of our mechanics will be happy to help. To book an appointment or if you have any other questions, email or call us on 045 256876.

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