Back 2 Basics: Step-by-Step Wheel Alignment
Have you noticed an uneven tyre wear? Is the direction of your vehicle pulling to another side? Your steering wheel is drifting when you are driving straight? If yes, it is confirmed that your vehicle needs an alignment. This is not something to neglect, your vehicle will not enhance its performance on its own.
Continuing to drive and ignore such symptoms will only make the condition of your tyres, steering, and handling of your vehicle become worse.
Below are the step-by-step procedures in doing the wheel alignment check:
What will the mechanic do?
1st Step: The mechanic will do the test drive to check what exactly is going on with your vehicle or if he is using a Fasep Wheel Alignment Machine, he can quickly fit the clamps and print a report showing the cars current alignment status.
2nd Step: The mechanic will use a hoist to raise your car and examine the tyres and suspension to check if everything is in working order. Parts that are broken or showing signs of excessive wear will be replaced before the wheel alignment process begins.
3rd step: Tyre pressure of all four tyres will be checked if there are any adjustments to be made.
4th step: Mechanic will begin in making adjustments to the suspension angles using the alignment machine. There are four main areas that the mechanic will be adjusting: toe, camber, caster, and thrust.
Toe - the area where the tyres turn in and out when viewed above. A proper toe is essential for even tire wear and extends the life of your tires.
Camber - inward or outward of the tyres when looking at the vehicle straight on. Lots of vehicles have slight negative camber for stability.
Caster - The forward or backward angle of the steering axis is viewed from the side of the car. It helps the vehicle to stay in a straight position and help the steering wheel to return to a straight position after a turn.
Thrust - this area compares the rear axle direction and the centerline of the car. The wheelbase measure that the front and rear axles are parallel.
5th step: Mechanic will make sure that the steering wheel is centered.
6th step: Test drive will be conducted to ensure that issues have been addressed and everything is in proper wheel alignment.
These are just a few steps on how to do the wheel alignment for your vehicle. By having wheel alignment, your vehicle can make now a solid contact with the road.