It is recommended to have an annual wheel alignment when the tyres are replaced.
We would never expect someone to do their own wheel alignment
A front wheel or four wheel alignment is a beneficial service to perform on your vehicle during recommended maintenance schedule intervals. Alignments measure many angles of the vehicle’s wheels and suspension components. Their main purpose is correct the thrust angle of the vehicle. If you would like to know roughly what we do for a wheel alignment then read the following.
How to do wheel alignment if you are a Brisbane motorist:
1. Test-drive the vehicle. An alignment should always start and end with a test drive. This way you will know what symptoms to look for while performing the alignment.
2. Enter the vehicle’s year, make, model, and design into the alignment machine computer to display the ideal alignment specifications. This will be compared to the actual vehicle’s measurements to compensate and correct them.
3. Lift the vehicle on the alignment rack to a comfortable height and level, and lock the rack. Lift the vehicle by the center jacks of the alignment rack to suspend the wheels. Check the tires for uneven wear. Check the front end and rear axle for any compromised suspension or steering components. If the vehicle has a bad ball joint, tie rod end, broken coil spring, loose wheel bearing, or any other problem with the suspension or steering, the component needs to be replaced before the alignment is performed.
4. Check and adjust tire pressure to the specifications of the vehicle.
5. Remove the hub caps if applicable.
6. Install the alignment heads to each wheel. Most alignment machines require the alignment heads be attached to all four wheels, even if no adjustments are made to the rear.
7. Perform the wheel run-out compensation for each wheel and head (if applicable). This turns the wheel back and forth and measures the alignment angles of each wheel.
8. Apply the brake lock bar between the front seat and the brake pedal and then lower the vehicle from the center jacks onto the alignment rack and jounce the suspension.
9. Lock and level the alignment heads.
10. Perform the caster swing on the front wheels per following the instructions of the alignment machine computer.
11. Start the car and turn the steering wheel back and forth to settle the steering components. Straighten the steering wheel and lock it with the steering wheel lock.
12. Prompt the alignment machine computer to display the vehicle’s current specifications. Compare these to the ideal specifications to determine what needs to be adjusted to correct the alignment. If the rear alignment is out and needs to be adjusted, this has to be performed first.
13. Correct caster and camber adjustments first on front wheel alignments. Refer to the alignment machine instructions (or a repair manual) for the specific vehicle to perform the correct caster and camber adjustments.
14. Adjust the toe after the caster and camber adjustments have been made. Once the toe is within designated specifications, you would hold the inner tie rod end stationary while re-tightening the jam nut to lock the position into place.
15. Restart the car, remove the steering wheel lock, turn the steering wheel back and for a couple times, then re-center and replace the steering wheel lock. Recheck the current alignment specifications on the alignment machine. Get out of the vehicle and step off of the alignment rack before checking the specs.
16. Remove the heads and lower the vehicle when you’re done.
17. Test drive the vehicle to ensure the symptoms it had before are gone that the alignment service will not immediately correct.
If you would like your wheel alignment to be done and you are a Brisbane motorist then please give us a call.