If you were to stop the average person on the sidewalk and found out they drive and yes, they do own a car, you can ask if they know when it’s time to have a wheel alignment. Most of these men and women will look at you and wonder exactly what you’re talking about.
What is a wheel alignment?
When you drive down the road, your vehicle is supposed to work in perfect harmony with all of its components. From the steering column to the wheels, tie rods, shocks and struts, brakes, and so much more, anything that is not working as designed can affect the vehicles balance, it’s alignment, and much more.
Essentially, wheel alignment is caused by a number of factors, and when it is out, it can cause uneven wear and tear on the tires, improper traction control, and can even impact safety.
Whether you own a BMW or not, it’s a good idea to bring your vehicle into an authorized service center as soon as you realize there may be a problem with the alignment.
How can you tell when alignment is out?
The first major clue is that when you drive down a straight road with a flat surface and the car begins to pull one way or the other, there’s something wrong with your alignment. Most often this is a quick and easy remedy, but there can be circumstances that cause it to require more extensive work.
Many highways and even secondary roads across Canada have a pitch to them that can make it feel as though the car is out of alignment because it drifts off to the right, so if you have any questions, find a completely flat area, such as an open parking lot, aim your vehicle straight, put it in drive, and slowly release the brake. Make sure there are no other cars or people in the vicinity, and only lightly grip the steering wheel.
If you are not influencing the steering at all and begins to move to left or right, it’s time to get to an authorized BMW service center, like Bimmex, to have the wheel alignment checked and, if necessary, adjusted.