Does your vehicle pull to one side?
In its most basic form, a wheel alignment consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. The purpose of these adjustments is maximum tyre life and a vehicle that tracks straight and true when driving along a straight and level road.
Wheel Alignment is often confused with Wheel Balancing. The two really have nothing to do with each other except for the fact that they affect ride and handling. If a wheel is out of balance, it will cause a vibration at highway speeds that can be felt in the steering wheel and/or the seat. If the alignment is out, it can cause excessive tyre wear and steering or tracking problems.
Do you need a Wheel Alignment
To find out if you need an alignment, first check each tyre and look for uneven wear patterns. The problem with this method, however, is that if you can see a wear it may be too late to save that tyre. This is why it is a good idea to have your alignment checked periodically.
Out-of-balance tyres will cause a vehicle to vibrate at certain speeds, usually over 50 km p/h. A tyre is out of balance when one section of the tyre is heavier than the others. One ounce of imbalance on a front tire is enough to cause a noticeable vibration in the steering wheel at about 60 km.
To balance a wheel, our technician will mount it on a balancing machine which spins the wheel to locate the heavier part. He will then compensate for the heavy part by attaching a lead weight on the opposite side. Many people are pleasantly surprised at how smooth their car drives after balancing all four wheels.
Most high quality tyres will hold their balance fairly well and go out of balance very gradually. If you notice a vibration that wasn’t there the day before, it is possible that one of the lead balancing weights fell off. If you feel the vibration mostly in the steering wheel, the problem is most likely in a front wheel. If the vibration is mostly in the seat, the problem is probably in the rear.
About RH Adams
Here at R. H. Adam and Sons, we are a proud family owned and run Mechanical Workshop. Established in 1934 by great grandfather Roland H. Adam, our business has been continuously managed by four generations of the Adam family.Read more
We provide mechanical repairs, specialising in wheel alignments on all types of cars and trucks.
Our workshop is an Authorised Heavy Vehicle Inspection Station.
I've been a customer since the 60's — Bill MurrayThe guys at RH Adams & Sons service my 1955 Ford Customline they always do a great job. They had garage on the corner of Punchbowl Rd and Canterbury Rd back in the 50/60s and my family has been coming here since.
Great old school type service.. — Craig HollingsworthIf you need any repairs done this is the place. They have worked on my truck and trailer for many years. They are honest, fair in their pricing and will guarantee their work. I will continue to send my business to them. Try them out your self.
I highly recommend this workshop — Chris J LyndseyI came to RH Adams through a recommendation from a trusted friend who is a customer here. Scott the owner was just great from the time i came in for my booking to the time i picked up my Land Rover with new front and read brakes done. Its not often that you come across a workshop that is honest even if you are there for the first time. Scott is a true professional and very kind and helpful person. I highly recommend this workshop if you need anything on your car fixed.