The alignment is necessary to maintain the process stability of the vehicle driving and longer tire life, in short, make sure the tires work in parallel and having contact with the pavement at the correct angle. This result affects not only their useful life but also your security and your pocket. We give you clues about what it is and why it is so important.
What is alignment or parallelism?
The alignment of the tires called parallelism, consists of the wheels of each axle parallel and the axles parallel to each other. It is adjusting the different angles of the wheels according to the values established by the vehicle manufacturer.
Poor wheel alignment increases tire wear and deterioration, and mechanical parts of the steering may be affected. Due to the dragging effect of the tires caused by poor alignment, the vehicle consumes more fuel. The correct alignment of the four wheels ensures optimum performance and the best performance of your vehicle.
Why is wheel alignment mismatched?
Sometimes, the alignment of the wheels is not adjusted when they struck against a curb in a blunt way or by very repetitive small strokes. It can also misadjust by entering a bump at high speed or in the event of a collision.
The approximate time to adjust the different alignment parameters is between 30-45 minutes.
Convergence and divergence
To appreciate if we have a problem of alignment or parallelism, we pass our hand along with the tread of the tire from the outside inwards and vice versa.
If we notice roughness from the inside to the outside, we are facing a problem of convergence or closure; in this case, if we look at the vehicle in front, it will look like the two tires are diverted inwards. If, on the contrary, the roughness we notice them from the outside to the inside, we have a problem of divergence or opening, in this case, if we look at the vehicle in front it will look like the front part of the right front tire deviates to its right. The front part of the tire left deviates to his left.
Angle of fall
It is the inclination of the wheel in or out if we look at the vehicle in front. This value measured in degrees. If the wheel has a drop angle that exceeds the parameters indicated by the manufacturer, irregular wear will occur.
- Positive fall occurs when the top of the wheel is tilted out. An excessive positive fall wears the tire on the outside of the tread.
- Negative fall is when the top of the wheel is tilted inwards. An excessive negative inclination wears the tire on the inside of the tread.
What is balanced?
Proper wheel balancing prevents vibrations that can perceive at different speeds on the steering wheel, on the dashboard, etc. The balance of the four wheels is essential for driving comfort and maintain the performance of the tires.