Wheel Alignment Goonellabah
Your local Repco Authorised Car Service mechanic David's Auto Repairs performs expert wheel alignments.
Using specific computerised measurements and adjustments, our mechanics will make sure the wheels on your car run in line with road surface and are perfectly parallel to each other. Call us now or book a service online!
When to book in for a wheel alignment?
If the steering of your wheel is complicated with the car swerving to one side, if visual inspection of your tyres shows uneven wear or you notice a tyre more balded than others, your probably need a wheel alignment.
Often the degradation of wheel alignment is gradual, so you might not notice the slow changes in the way your car drives, especially if you share the vehicle among family members. However you will instantly feel the improvement in control over your car movement after a wheel alignment at our Goonellabah workshop.
Identify your wheel condition
When the front of the tyre is pointed in toward the center of your car, the tyre is described as "toed in" and "toed out" when the front of tyre points outward. Any of these issues quickly wears the thread down, causing uneven and unreliable steering by pulling the car in one direction. This condition is commonly found in wrecked vehicles.
When the top of the wheel leans toward or away from the center of your car, causing a camber problem. If, however, one wheel is farther away forward or back from the other wheel, there is a caster problem, causing a pull in one direction. Caster measures the relationship of the left and right wheels to each other.
Prevent wheel alignment issues
The best way to ensure longer life of your tyres is to regularly rotate them. Ask David's Auto Repairs which way to rotate the tyres depending on how the thread is wearing. Swapping tyres in an X pattern is the usual way to go, however sometimes moving the best tyres in front provides optimum transporting, and when more extreme wear is present, the tyres simply need to be exchanged.
For longest life, tyres need to be balanced and rotated every 12,000 miles (approximately every four oil changes). If your car has hit a curb or a driven through a hole in road covering, the wheel weights can come off. If a wobbly vibration is present at one speed, but better or not present at a different speed, then a balance problem is likely. If the shimmy is present at all speeds, replacement of the worn tyre or bent wheel is usually the cure. If you feel the vibration only when brakes are applied, it is not a tyre or wheel, but rather a brake issue.
Make sure you describe the symptoms accurately to your mechanic when you call us to book an appointment! As this vibration may not be felt on a quick test drive around the block, have the brakes inspected and tell your mechanic about the shakes noticable when braking. Also, during the brake inspection it is a good idea to have the tyres rotated.