BestDrive tyre and service centers offer professional wheel alignment and wheel balancing services, to deliver superior driving control, comfort and safety. Wheel Alignment and Wheel Balancing helps to ensure that your vehicle is safer to drive, and can prolong the lifespan of your tyres.
A wheel alignment is key to ensuring that you get the best wear and performance out of your tyres. When your tyres are correctly aligned, your car handles better. A correct wheel alignment will ensure that your steering wheel is centred and tyres are in the correct facing position. Signs that you may need a wheel alignment include feeling as though your vehicle is pulling to one side of the road, or your steering wheel starts to vibrate or shudder when driving at higher speeds.
A wheel alignment is the measurement, analysis and adjustment of your vehicle’s steering and suspension angles. It makes sure that the wheels are perpendicular (at an angle of 90 degrees) to the ground and parallel to each other. To the naked eye, your vehicle’s wheels may appear to be facing straight ahead but if the alignment is out by as little as one millimeter from the manufacturer’s recommendations, this may be enough to cause premature wear to your tyres.
Unaligned wheels typically occur over time, through every day driving. Incidents such as hitting potholes or curbs can fast track the occurrence. You should have a wheel alignment completed whenever you are fitting new tyres, or if you change the suspension on your car, and at a minimum once a year once a year along with a tyre rotation to ensure tyre life is maximised.
Due to every vehicle make being unique, there are different methods of adjustment. Ultimately however, a wheel alignment involves three main measurements - caster, camber and toe. These measurements have standards that a qualified BestDrive technician uses as targets of adjustment.
When combined with a wheel alignment, balanced wheels provide you with a smooth ride and reduce the chances of premature tyre wear. If a wheel is out of balance, it will cause a vibration that can be felt through the steering wheel, most notably when travelling at higher speeds. Failure to address these warning signs can seriously impact on your vehicle’s overall performance.
A wheel balance ensures that the weight of your wheels is evenly distributed around the tyre. This works to prolong the life of your tyres, increase performance and improve your vehicle’s safety. The probability of a tyre and rim being made perfectly symmetrical is low. Inevitably, there will be slightly more weight somewhere on each, which is why a wheel balance is a necessity when fitting new tyres to a wheel or when existing tyres are dismounted for repair. A wheel balance may also be required if you are experiencing shuddering in the steering wheel, uneven treadwear, rapid treadwear, or a combination of these symptoms.
When you choose to have a wheel balance done through a BestDrive tyre and service centre, a qualified technician will diagnose your wheel balance using a special machine. They will then balance your vehicle’s wheels be affixing weights to the rim.
A visit to your nearest BestDrive for a wheel alignment and wheel balance ensures that your vehicle, and tyres, are running to the highest standard.