4 Symptoms of Wheel Misalignment You Need To Look Out For
Following our 6 step wheel alignment evaluation, you may have diagnosed some wheel alignment issues. It's important to understand how these issues can impact negatively on the drive of your vehicle.
Looking at the illustration below in figure 3, if a car is constantly trying to pull left or right, the driver has to correct this pull all the time. This will over time have an effect on the drivers' concentration. Over long journeys, this could lead to motoring mistakes and errors.
Wheel alignment or tracking settings are designed into the vehicle geometry, giving the most comfortable ride with the optimum road handling. This achieves the lowest rolling resistance for the tyres. With correct wheel alignment, your vehicle will achieve the best fuel consumption figures.
The cost of tyres is a constant investment for motorists. Most people do not understand that modern tyres are a very technical and integral part of the vehicle. For the tyre to work to its full design potential, the correct alignment settings for the vehicle must be used for the tyre to have the full contact to the road. This way you will get the maximum life from your tyres.
Understeer / Oversteer
These words are used a lot by motoring journalists. It all sounds very technical but in reality, it can easily be explained. Understeer is when the car does not turn enough and has the affect of wanting to go straight on. Oversteer is the opposite when the car turns tighter than intended, this can lead to cars spinning. Both of these conditions are a symptom of misalignment. See Fig 4 and Fig 5.
A Wheel misalignment of 2mm
B Line of travel taken by car forcing the misaligned tyre to go straight
C Angle of travel taken by misaligned tyre if allowed to run free of the car