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Why is Wheel Alignment important?

One of the most popular mechanical jobs carried out at performance garages and standard car garages alike, is wheel alignment. Every car manufacturer has a set of specific alignment rules your car must follow to attain the maximum safety and efficiency of your car. Misaligned wheels can cause many negative effects to your vehicle, including but not limited to:

  • Frequent tyre wear
  • The vehicle pulling in one direction
  • Reduced fuel economy
  • Reduced Vehicle handling and overall safety
  • Poor suspension

What is Wheel Alignment?

Wheel alignment, often referred to as “tracking”, is a process often carried out at a special garage with a large device called an alignment rack. Your car is lifted and your wheel alignment is measured, often digitally and results are displayed on a computer screen. Your technician will then carry out a series of tests to check your car is safe to perform wheel alignment on, before beginning to adjust the wheels until there are aligned within the required measurements, as per the manufacturer’s specifications.

Does my car need wheel alignment?

To maintain the function of your car and reduce frequent wear and tear of your tyres, wheel alignment is recommended to be carried out at least annually on every vehicle. Your vehicle may also be showing signs of wheel misalignment which is a good indicator that you should take your car to a garage to get checked. Some of these signs include:

  • The car feels like it is pulling to the left or right whilst driving
  • Uneven Tyre wear
  • Your steering wheel is not straight despite driving straight
  • Frequently needing to change your tyres
  • Tyres making a squealing sound when driving
  • The steering wheel doesn’t return to the centre
  • Handling of your car feels loose or “off”

What Causes wheel misalignment?

Wheel misalignment is mostly caused by everyday driving although there are a few other common causes. Your cars wheel alignment is closely related to the suspension of your car and as a result, wheel misalignment is often a result of some kind of disruption to the suspension.

Some of the main causes of wheel misalignment include:

Wear and tear of Suspension Springs

Over time all car parts will produce some signs of wear and tear, and this includes your cars suspension springs! Worn suspension springs can shift the wheels out of place and cause alignment issues. To avoid issues like this affecting your car, regular checks or at least as part of your annual service are recommended.

Knocks or Bumps

Hitting your car’s tyres on a curb or pothole is enough to knock your suspension out of place and cause your wheels to be misaligned. Heavy impact knocks are also prime suspects and we always recommend getting your wheel alignment checked out if your car suffers any kind of heavy impact bump or an accident.

Raising or Lowering Your Car and not re-adjusting your suspension

Car suspension is designed to complement the height of your car, and if one changes the height of their vehicle their

Why is Wheel Alignment important?

One of the most popular mechanical jobs carried out at performance garages and standard car garages alike, is wheel alignment. Every car manufacturer has a set of specific alignment rules your car must follow to attain the maximum safety and efficiency of your car. Misaligned wheels can cause many negative effects to your vehicle, including but not limited to:

  • Frequent tyre wear
  • Vehicle pulling in one direction
  • Reduced fuel economy
  • Reduced Vehicle handling and overall safety
  • Poor suspension

Does my car need wheel alignment?

To maintain the function of your car and reduce frequent wear and tear of your tyres, wheel alignment is recommended to be carried out at least annually on every vehicle. Your vehicle may also be showing signs of wheel misalignment which is a good indicator that you should take your car to a garage to get checked. Some of these signs include:

  • Car feels like it is pulling to the left or right whilst driving
  • Uneven Tyre wear
  • Your steering wheel is not straight despite driving straight
  • Frequently needing to change your tyres
  • Tyres making a squealing sound when driving
  • Steering wheel doesn’t return to the centre
  • Handling of your car feels loose or “off”

What Causes wheel misalignment?

Wheel misalignment is mostly caused by everyday driving although there are a few other common causes. Your cars wheel alignment is closely related to your car’s suspension and as a result, wheel misalignment is often a result of some kind of disruption to the suspension.

Some of the main causes of wheel misalignment include:

Wear and tear of Suspension Springs

Over time all car parts will produce some signs of wear and tear, and this includes your cars suspension springs! Worn suspension springs can shift the wheels out of place and cause alignment issues. To avoid issues like this affecting your car, regular checks or at least as part of your annual service are recommended.

Knocks or Bumps

Hitting your car’s tyres on a curb or pothole is enough to knock your suspension out of place and cause your wheels to be misaligned. Heavy impact knocks are also prime suspects and we always recommend getting your wheel alignment checked out if your car suffers any kind of heavy impact bump or an accident.

Raising or Lowering Your Car and not your suspension

Car suspension is designed to complement the height of your car, and if one changes the height of their vehicle their suspension should be adjusted to suit. If your car is lowered or heightened and your suspension is not altered to match your car’s new height, your car will probably have some wheel alignment issues that will need to get fixed.

Manufacturer defects

Sometimes cars can leave the factory with a defect which can affect your wheels’ alignment. If you car is new and/or still within the warranty, then this may cover the costs of any associated costs.

How much does wheel alignment cost in the UK?

Wheel alignment is generally a rather cheap job and starts at around £35 – £45 at a standard, local garage. The cost will vary depending on the type of garage, with specialist garages often charging a bit more but using more specialist, high-end equipment which provides a more accurate reading.

At our specialist performance garage in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, our prices start at £49 and we have a HUNTER 3D Wheel Alignment machine which allows us to take digital readings and re-align in accordance with the manufacturer specifications. The cost of wheel alignment can be affected by factors such as tyre wear and tear and suspension wear and tear but providing there is no damage to your suspension or your types are not worn or unevenly worn, wheel alignment is a relatively cheap job.

For example, if you take your car in for wheel alignment and your car’s suspension or types are worn, you may need to replace these too which may add slightly to the cost. However, the results will pay off as not only will your car feel safer and more stable to drive, but the performance will increase, and you will reduce wear and tear on other parts of your vehicle, helping to avoid future costs on expensive repairs.

We are BMW Specialists, Audi, MINI and Porsche Specialists too and we also provide a range of other services from our King’s Lynn garage including dyno tuning, ECU Remapping and specialist servicing for BMW, Audi, MINI and Porsche. We are also happy to work with any car, whatever make or model that is and whether it is a sports car, a 4×4, a camper van or a van. Just get in touch and speak to one of our friendly team to find out more.