Preserve Your Tires–Quality Wheel Alignments
Wheels that are not properly aligned and tires that are not balanced will affect the performance of a vehicle and will also affect the useful life of the tires. The car will be more difficult to steer and will not roll smoothly on pavement. The tires will have uneven tread and will need to be replaced before the tires have been used for the estimated number of miles that were used for rating the tires such as for 60,000 miles.
A wheel with a tire is placed on the balancing machine and then rotated to discover discrepancies in the even distribution of the weight around the axle. An uneven distribution of the weight will cause the wheel to vibrate. The technician will mount a lead weight on the wheel to compensate for any discrepancies.
The wheel alignment is usually correct if a vehicle does not pull to the left or to the right when the tires have not been steered into a turn. If the vehicle is out of proper alignment, then the tires will have uneven tread such as less tread on one side of the tire, which will require that the tires must be replaced at shorter intervals. Technicians will adjust the front-end suspension to ensure that the wheels are level on the pavement.
The tread can be uneven if the tires have not been properly mounted or if the tires are not properly inflated. An underinflated tire will have less tread on the outer sections of the tire. An overinflated tire will have less tread on the center section of the tire because the tire is more ballooned at the center. The uneven tread on tires can also be caused by serious mechanical damage in the steering or suspension system.
If an unbalanced wheel vibrates, then the steering parts could be damaged because the vibrations will grind the parts together. The technicians can properly mount and balance tires, which should prevent damage and should ensure safe operation of a vehicle. Some other parts, such as ball joints or a tie rod, may also need to be replaced if a technician cannot properly align the wheels with a front-end alignment. Give us a call today at 919-431-9595 to schedule your wheel alignment service.