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How Often Should Wheel Alignment, Balancing And Rotation Be Done?

Wheel Alignment, Balancing and Rotation what are they and how often should they be done  
Vaughn Tweedie
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wheel in textWheel Alignment, Balancing and Rotation are 3 terminologies that are totally different in both meaning and practice. A slight oversight in catering to these aspects can lead to some problems from a vibration of your steering wheel, to risky driving conditions. These practices should be given equal attention for a smooth and safe ride of your vehicle.

Wheel Alignment means that all wheels of the vehicle is properly aligned in the way they should be. These settings usually need adjustment with the time and usage of the car to keep them properly aligned. Wheel alignment takes an important role in the dynamics of the vehicle in terms of motion. It is an act that the geometric angles of Caster, Camber and Toe are correct in a tyre.

How Often Should Wheel Alignment Be Done?

Wheel Alignment should be done in a regular basis. In terms of how often it should be done, you need wheel alignment when:

  • Your wheel took a hit
  • You observe an uneven or abnormal tyre wear
  • You experience that your steering wheel has issues like the vehicle is drifting towards left or right and your steering is hard to return after you take a turn.

When you are at the service centre just to replace your steering or your suspension components, don’t go home without checking the wheel alignment of your vehicle

Having Wheel alignment can be done in about 30 minutes to an hour’s time. Adjustments will be made to each appropriate wheel. Your vehicle will be test-driven before and after the alignment.

What Is Wheel Balancing?

Wheel Balancing is a process of equalizing the combined weights of the tyre and the wheel assembly to spin it smoothly at high speed. Wheel balancing is a must because when a wheel rotates, the weight along its rotating axis must be properly balanced to avoid undesirable vibrations and swaying of the wheel. It can also cause ride disturbances, and as well as vertical and lateral vibrations.

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How Often Should Wheel Balancing Be Done?

  • When your vehicle is running from 5,000 to 10,000 km. wheel balancing is recommended.
  • Also when your seats and the floorboards will vibrate at high speed, the imbalance is in the rear wheels.
  • The wear pattern of your tyres are scalloped or cupped.

What Is Tyre Rotation?

Tyre Rotation is a process of swapping the front and back tyres to ensure even tyre wear. Regular tyre rotation is need to maximize lifespan of your tyres.

How often should Tyre Rotation be done?

Tyre Rotation is recommended every 8,000 km of running depending on the specifics of your vehicle or once every six month.

To reach your destination safe and sound, then these are the issues you should pay attention to, to save time and money spent on damages.

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