Wheel Alignment in Evans Head
What is a wheel alignment?
A wheel alignment is a process whereby a qualified Protec Automotive mechanic performs precise measurement of the wheels of your car, relative to the road and each other. The mechanic then adjusts the wheels based on these measurements to ensure your wheels are parallel with each other and correctly oriented with respect to the road surface.
If you notice your car tends to drift a bit, the tyres are wearing unevenly like those in the photo, the steering wheel doesnt seem "centred" or there is excessive vibration felt through the steering wheel, you may need a wheel alignment. Your log book may also recommend you have your wheels aligned at set driving intervals and even if you don’t “Feel” you need one it is a good idea to have a Protec Automotive mechanic check anyway. Bring your car in for a service and if we notice any problems we'll be sure to let you know.
Why is a wheel alignment important?
When a car requires a wheel alignment and you ignore the problem, your tyres will wear unevenly, particularly on the outside treads. This further compromises the safety of your vehicle as good tread patterns not only provide correct braking ability, they are critical in channelling water from under your wheels in wet weather and preventing hydroplaning.
Misaligned wheels will also place more strain on your suspension system, which could cost you a lot more in the long run if the problem goes so far as to create a failure somewhere in the suspension.
Improperly aligned wheels will impact your ability to control your car effectively and place extra strain on your suspension system, which in turn can affect your braking ability in addition to your steering.
Suspension and steering systems are crucial to your ability to stop safely in case of an emergency. Misaligned wheels may also impact your ability to perform effective steering manoeuvres should you find yourself having to avoid a collison or obstacle in the road.
Your wheels take a great deal of punishment during the normal operation of your vehicle and while your shock absorbers and suspension system shield you from the bulk of it your wheels aren't so lucky.
Driving on rough roads or surfaces, hitting minor obstacles such as round-abouts or roadside curbing can cause your wheels to go out of the correct alignment. However, you don't have to hit anything at all and just the vibration created through normal driving can gradually force your wheels out of alignment.
In fact misalignment of wheels can happen so gradually that you may not even notice the problem, but you can rest assured Protec Automotive will keep an eye on it for you.
You will almost certainly notice the difference once you have had a wheel alignment from Protec Automotive. Our Evans Head workshop is well equipped to perform wheel alignments and all our Auto-Tech trained mechanics work is fully backed by the comprehensive Repco Authorised Service Nationwide Warranty.
At Protec Automotive we have the latest Laser Wheel Aligner for correcting tyre wear problems. Two Wheel Alignments and Four Wheel Alignments are available. We also supply and fit tyres at great prices.
Using a combination of careful inspection, accurate measurements and our specialised equipment we can determine the exact degree to which your wheels and suspension are misaligned and realign them to the car manufacturers specifications. We will check/adjust your Toe (tracking), The Camber, Caster and thrust as required to ensure your wheels are pointing true.