Getting To The Point – Wheels
The Importance of Wheel Alignment
To make sure that the tires on your car are functional for longer, you need to do a wheel alignment. This practice also has benefits to other parts of the vehicle, not just the tires. The proper alignment has positive impacts on areas such as the suspension, steering and fuel economy. This makes it even more important to ensure that whenever a maintenance has been scheduled, you do not miss any of them, so as to enjoy these benefits.
Steering has a lot to gain from wheel alignment. If the tires of the vehicle do not have the right tracking, you will feel the need to compensate to keep the car straight. This you can only go through the steering. As there is no right alignment; the car will start drifting towards the side with the bias. You will have to struggle to take it in the opposite direction just to keep it straight. Over time, the steering column will start to get spoilt. The damaged column will negatively impact the type of steering it is capable of.
Wheels that are not well-aligned means that the weight of the car will not be properly distributed on the road. When the axles push together; the car will experience more rolling resistance with the pavement. Since more tread is in touch with the road surface, the engine has to produce more power for the car to cope. This leads to more fuel consumption so that the car can be kept moving forward. You need to ensure that the tires are well aligned, so that there is a manageable amount of friction that ensures a smooth ride and the car uses up less fuel.
The brake pads of the car will also benefit from proper wheel alignment. The brakes will work when the pads make contact with the tire surfaces. The brakes work best when these two surfaces come into contact in an area as large As possible. If a tire needs alignment, its brake pads shall be at an angle that offer the least optimum contact surface. The brakes will therefore not work as expected, which in turn will mean that the car has to cover a longer distance before it comes to a stop.
The suspension will also suffer if the tires are not properly aligned, and the weight of the car is not evenly distributed. This will be the only way the car can carry the extra weight. The shocks and struts of the car were not meant for uneven weight distribution. You, therefore, need the tires aligned for the weight to be carried evenly.
Wheel alignment should be the first thing they look at when you take the car for scheduled maintenance.