All new vehicles leave the factory with their alignment
checked and adjusted. Usually the technician paints the heads of the adjustment
hardware to show it has been set, also to show if it has moved later on It
is advisable to do the alignment of the car after the first 5000 km, since
all the suspension get set. Failure to do this may result in the camber and
toe specifications drifting outside the manufacturer's limit. This may lead
to vehicle pulling and tyre wear.
Initially consumers may not notice these defects but after usage of some days or running some kilometers it can cause uneven tire wear and a pull/drifting to the left or right. Tyre wear leads to frequent replacement of tires thus adding to running cost for the consumer. Vehicle pulling causes irritation and/or fatigue while driving the car.
Under normal driving conditions many vehicles can go 50 000 km+ before they need a new set of tyres, which is a good interval to have the alignment checked as well. Any severe driving incidents, or changed suspension components would also warrant a check.
The typical alignment on an economy sedan takes about an hour under ideal circumstances. A utility or performance vehicle may require additional labor. When fasteners and hardware are rusted/seized, extra time may be required and/or parts may need to be replaced.
In the same fashion that you will wear out your shoes if you walk only on the inside or outside edge, so your tyres may become worn if not within allowed specifications. Many performance vehicles sacrifice tire life for driving performance.
Braking distance, ride quality, and even fuel economy are all affected by the correct inflation and rotation of tires.
If your vehicle squeals while turning corners on dry pavement, it is probably time to have your alignment checked.
Changing rims and tyres will normally not affect the
alignment but will affect secondary angles.
Motomec is able to ensure that your wheel alignment is correct on both 2 and 4 wheel vehicles by using the latest Laser Equipment.