Prolong the life of your tyre investment
At your local Bridgestone Select Auto Service store, we believe one of the most important considerations to vehicle maintenance is to ensure your wheels are correctly aligned.
The signs of misaligned wheels can be obvious because your car can feel as though it’s pulling to one side of the road, or your steering wheel is shuddering or vibrating.
Either could mean that your wheel alignment is out and it can happen gradually from everyday driving, or from incidents like hitting a curb or pothole.
When do I need a wheel alignment?If your vehicle’s wheels are not correctly aligned, they could cause premature wear on your tyres and suspension components. This can cause problems with your vehicle’s handling, performance and the overall safety.
Road hazardsDriving over pot holes or even hitting the curb or running into concrete parking stalls.
Tyre wear and tear
Rubber components can start to crack or lose their elasticity and ball and socket joints develop looseness the older your vehicle gets. Gradually, they start to give a little more and get slightly worse over time.
Minor bingles and accidents
Just because the vehicle’s exterior looks undamaged, there may still be damage you can’t see, including the wheels being knocked out of alignment.
How does a wheel alignment work?
In simple terms, a wheel alignment is the measurement, analysis and adjustment of your vehicle’s steering and suspension angles to ensure the wheels are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other.
A wheel alignment is a key maintenance factor to ensure that you get the best wear and performance out of your tyres.
A regular wheel alignment provides safe vehicle control plus a smooth and comfortable ride free of pulling or vibration. It also extends your tyre’s mileage.
One of the easiest ways to tell when something is not right with your tyres is from behind the wheel. Most of us would have encountered steering wheel wobble or vibration when we’re driving at high speeds, and this can mean that a wheel is out of balance.
To fix the problem, your Bridgestone Select Auto Service technician will use tiny, but important, weights to counterbalance the heaviest part of the tyre and wheel assembly. If that weight becomes loose, the wheel will wobble — and the faster you’re travelling, the more it will wobble. This will increase tyre wear and is potentially unsafe.
Your Bridgestone Select Auto Service technician can easily fix the problem using Bridgestone’s Ultra-Ride System.
Most motor racing teams use nitrogen gas to inflate their tyres —chiefly because nitrogen molecules are around four times larger than oxygen molecules and therefore don’t leak as readily. Less leakage means tyre pressures are maintained — and that’s great for performance.
Nitrogen inflation also gives you benefits for everyday driving — such as better tyre life and better fuel economy, because when your tyre pressure decreases, your fuel use increases. Lower tyre pressures can also reduce the durability and life of your tyres.
Talk to your Bridgestone Select Auto Service technician to find out how nitrogen inflation can help your vehicle.