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Wheel alignment is unique to each vehicle model. Manufacturers specify each of the numerous parameters, taking into account the steering and suspension systems, engine, and original tires.
Even though today’s vehicles are better designed and more resistant to impact than in the past, hitting a pothole or curb, or frequently driving over speed bumps can cause the wheels to become misaligned.
Poor alignment affects the car’s performance, causing the steering wheel to vibrate or the car pull to one side, forcing the driver to constantly correct course in order to keep moving in a straight line.
Over time, poor wheel alignment can damage other parts and, in particular, can cause your tires to wear unevenly and faster than usual. That’s why it’s important to get your wheel alignment checked by a certified technician, who will be able to correctly align the front and rear axles.
Tip: If you can’t avoid a pothole, brake right away to slow the vehicle down, and then release the brake pedal before the vehicle hits the hole.
Tire rotation is a necessary part of tire maintenance. According to industry experts, tires should be rotated after a maximum of 10,000 km. Rotating your tires helps ensure even wear on all four tires, since acceleration, cornering, braking, and engine weight can all cause the front tires to wear faster than the rear ones.
There are several tire rotation methods that take into account the type of tread pattern (directional, symmetrical, or asymmetrical) and the size of the front and rear tires, which can differ. Your technician can determine the correct method and rotate your vehicle’s tires accordingly.
Wheel balancing is necessary in order to avoid vibrations, “wheel hop,” and premature tire wear, in addition to keeping your car driving smoothly. Wheel balancing is usually done when you get your tires changed in the spring and fall. If a second set of rims is used, your technician will recommend getting your wheels balanced every year. Your technician can also determine which type of weights work best for balancing, depending on whether you have metal or alloy rims. A new set of tires should be balanced when they are installed on your vehicle.
Wheel bearings allow your wheels and drive shafts to spin freely. They’re under enormous pressure and can withstand a lot of heat. Some bearings can be lubricated to make them last longer, but others must be replaced when they fail. If the bearings are integrated into a key component the whole thing must be replaced.
Be sure to have a certified Silverstar technician inspect your bearings regularly to see if any need maintenance. If the bearings can be reused, your technician will pack them with grease and reinstall them. If not, they will put new bearings on.
When the bearings are not working properly, you’ll hear an annoying whining sound coming from under the car. Be sure to bring your vehicle to Silverstar Automotive right away. If you wait too long, your wheels may lock up, or you may end up having to call a tow truck.