Prolong the life of your tyre investment
At your local Bridgestone Select Auto Service store, we believe one of the most important considerations to vehicle maintenance is to ensure your wheels are correctly aligned.
The signs of misaligned wheels can be obvious because your car can feel as though it’s pulling to one side of the road, or your steering wheel is shuddering or vibrating.
Either could mean that your wheel alignment is out and it can happen gradually from everyday driving, or from incidents like hitting a curb or pothole.
Put yourself in safe hands
As well as compromising your vehicle’s safety, it can greatly increase tyre wear, which means it costs you money in the long run because you have to replace tyres well before you need to.
When your wheels are correctly aligned, your car handles better. Our technicians use the latest alignment technology so that your wheels are perfectly aligned to steer true and deliver the least wear. And it’s all done efficiently and without blowing your budget.
You should have your wheel alignment checked every time you rotate your tyres — and, of course, when you replace them. If you think your wheels may be out of alignment, your vehicle’s steering doesn’t feel right, or even if it’s simply been a while, let our qualified technicians take a look.
When do I need a wheel alignment?
If your vehicle’s wheels are not correctly aligned, they could cause premature wear on your tyres and suspension components. This can cause problems with your vehicle’s handling, performance and the overall safety.
There are many ways for your wheels to become misaligned. You’ll probably be familiar with most of the causes, but what you probably didn’t think was that each one could quite easily do some damage to your vehicle’s alignment.
Alignment angles are measured in degrees, minutes or inches and millimeters. Over time, a slight misalignment can cause a lot of uneven or premature tyre wear. Therefore, it’s important to get this fixed quickly before it leads to larger problems.
Driving over pot holes or even hitting the curb or running into concrete parking stalls.
Tyre wear and tear
Rubber components can start to crack or lose their elasticity and ball and socket joints develop looseness the older your vehicle gets. Gradually, they start to give a little more and get slightly worse over time.
Minor bingles and accidents
Just because the vehicle’s exterior looks undamaged, there may still be damage you can’t see, including the wheels being knocked out of alignment.
How does a wheel alignment work?
In simple terms, a wheel alignment is the measurement, analysis and adjustment of your vehicle’s steering and suspension angles to ensure the wheels are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other.
A wheel alignment is a key maintenance factor to ensure that you get the best wear and performance out of your tyres.
A regular wheel alignment provides safe vehicle control plus a smooth and comfortable ride free of pulling or vibration. It also extends your tyre’s mileage.
The suspension system of today’s front and rear wheel drive vehicles requires precise wheel alignments that can only be delivered by state-of-the-art alignment systems.
There is also more variety on the road these days with vehicles having stability controls or dynamic stability controls, active stability management or SAS (Steering Angle Sensors). And because every vehicle manufacturer is unique, it requires different methods of adjustment.
Our technicians are fully qualified and trained to ensure you get the most precise wheel alignment available by using the latest, state-of-the-art aligning equipment.