When the wheels of the car are not aligned there is uneven pressure on the tyres. They tend to push against each other. When that happens the car faces uneven friction and much more resistance from the road surface. This means that your car has to work that much harder to move forward and more fuel is burned than normal. When you align the wheels properly the there is much less resistance from the road surface. This results in not only a smoother drive but sometimes noticeable savings on your fuel receipts.
The importance of proper wheel alignment cannot be more emphasized when we compare the cost of brand new tyres to the little amount spent on getting them aligned.
More resistance to the road surface means more pressure on the rubber of your tyres. That leads to very quick wear and tear on the tyres. It results in the tyre becoming bald on one side. This means that the tires are uneven. Not only is it dangerous to drive on uneven tyres, it also means that you have to spend on new tyres sooner.
It is very important to consider the safety factor too. Have you ever driven a car which pulls itself to one side all the time? This is due to faulty wheel alignment. You probably know how difficult it is to drive on a wet or iced road even with perfectly aligned wheels. With badly aligned wheels, you are taking on unnecessary risk. Is it worth having an accident and endangering the lives of loved ones? A little money spent once in a while getting your wheels aligned can bring you peace of mind.
Strain On The Car
Having a car with badly aligned wheels also leads to other connected problems. Your brake shaft does not work to optimal levels. The tendency to pull to one side due to uneven tyres causes problems in the steering system. It also leads to uneven braking. Improper wheel alignments or not having your wheels aligned will affect the suspension of your car. The suspension in a car is made up of complicated and delicately balanced parts, and it is important that it should be perfect, not to mention that changing your suspension could cost an awful lot.
When Should You Get Your Wheels Aligned?
If you find that when your steering is pointing straight forward and the car veers to the right or left, that is an indicator of a necessary wheel alignment. Another indicator is when you find that one tyre is worn more than another.
The thumb rule is that you should get you wheels aligned once every 6000 miles or 6 months, whichever is earlier. You should also get your wheels aligned or at least checked by a professional if you have hit something large enough to cause alignment issues.
Note that wheel alignment is not the same as wheel balancing. Many people think that both are the same.