This is a controversial question, as some swear by the need for regular wheel alignment and balance services, while some deems it as unnecessary expenses. As your car hits the road, wear and tear is expected. Doing wheel alignment and balancing helps to restore the proper balance, extend the lifespan of your tires and of course, to allow safer driving. Before you get your car, all the necessary Volvo wheel alignments and balancing would be completed but are further maintenance of such services required?
Your wheels and tires determine the direction of your car, drivers would be able to know if the alignment is out of place if the vehicle does not travel straight when the steering wheel is not being held. Vehicles will tend to steer to one side when the car is running and drivers will constantly have to correct it. Improper alignments will also result in poor cornering and makes it less safe to drive during wet or icy weather conditions. While driving for long journeys, it can be tiring for the driver and passengers in the car as it requires more concentration and effort to drive straight and safe.
Aligning your Volvo tires will also maximize its lifespan which helps to save costs instead of having to change tires regularly. During the alignment test, the angle of your wheels will be adjusted to the manufacturer’s recommended specifications, a tire tread check as well as a toe, caster and camber inspection. It is recommended that drivers send their Volvo for a wheel alignment every 10,000 miles to maximize and have a safer driving experience.
Wheel balancing is required to ensure all the tires are balanced with the weights of the wheel to ensure smooth running of each tire. You may need wheel balancing services as soon as when you change a tire or every 6000 miles. You may feel that your steering wheel is vibrating, rocky or when your tires are wearing out at an accelerated speed when the tires are not balanced, especially when you are driving at a certain speed. These vibrations may also cause stress in the axles, lower ball joints and other essential parts of the car and causing them to wear and tear or even break down at a faster rate. To compensate for the wear and tear, the tires will start to wear from the side which means it has less grip to drive safely especially during wet weathers.
Sending your Volvo for wheel balancing helps to maintain the balance of the car especially when driving and of course, saving replacement costs of the tires and other parts of the car as often. All these contributes to a safe and cheaper driving experience. Remember, safe driving protects not only you, but the other road users and the passengers in your car.