Wheel alignment Perth is important. It's crucial to the proper performance of your tires and helping them live up to their full lifespan. It's also kind of important to how your vehicle handles, especially when pulling from one direction to another.
First, though, let's define what tire alignment means.
Alignment refers to adjusting the suspension of the vehicle. That's the system that links the main chassis to the wheels. It's not adjusting the tires themselves. The key to a proper alignment is nudging the angles, changing how they make contact with the road. This, in turn, affects how they handle.
So, with that in mind, how does one figure out if it's time to get the wheels realigned? Well, there are the signs you need to look out for.
Do you have uneven wear on the treads? Is the vehicle showing a tendency to pull towards the left or right? Is the steering wheel off centre, even when you're driving in a straight line? For that matter, does it vibrate for no reason? If the answer to any of these is 'Yes,' you need to get a realignment.
Now, here are the three parts that a technician would be most concerned with during the work.
First, there's the camber. This is the term used to refer to the outward or inward angle of the tire, as viewed from the front.
If you see it tilting too far in or out, it's a sign of improper alignment. It might also be called a negative or positive camber, depending. Worn bearings, ball joints, and other parts of the suspension can all contribute to the misaligned wheels.
The toe is not the part of your body. Distinct from the camber, it is the extent to which a wheel turns inward or outward as seen from above.
When the tires are angled the same way from above, this is called a toe-in alignment. Angle them outward, and you have toe-out alignment instead. Both of these are problems, and you want to have them pointing directly ahead in a straight line.
Finally, there is the caster. The caster angle assists with balance steering, turning corners, and stability. It's the angle of your steering axis, as seen from the side.
A positive caster means it veers towards the driver. Negative caster means it's tilting to the front of the vehicle. Neither one is ideal. Once again, any indication of either one is a sure sign you need to call for a realignment.