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With the steering wheel held in the centre, your vehicle should drive in a straight line. If it doesn’t, you need to use a wheel alignment service.
In another similar scenario, take your hands off the steering for a while, it shouldn’t pull to either side. If it does, you need to use the wheel alignment service.
Why does the wheel alignment go off and why does it matter?
There are many possible reasons for the wheel alignment to fall out of place. When you speed through a pothole or over a speed bump or hit the curb in the parking lot, there are high chances that your car will not drive in a straight line.
Now let’s come to ‘why does it matter’ part. With poor wheel alignment, your car will pull to either side and you’ll need to hold the steering tight to keep it moving in a straight line. The moment you let go for a while, the car may get into a collision sideways. Poor wheel alignment also affects the steering capability at higher speeds, around the corners and when hard braking.
How frequently should you get the wheel alignment done?
According to our mechanic of Newtown, who is a tyre specialist, if you drive on highways and drive carefully most of the time, you can preserve the alignment for a good 9 to 12 months. Only 10% of car owners are able to pull that off.
And if you drive on streets and bad roads with a lot of speed breakers and potholes, you should get the alignment done every 4-6 months. Lastly, if you go off-roading, you must get the wheel alignment done as you return from your adventure ride.
Whether you visit Kismet Mechanical for car service in Marrickville or call in our mobile mechanic, don’t forget to bring up the aspect of wheel alignment and let the mechanic see to it if your vehicle needs it.