Make your tyres last longer with our wheel alignment serviceTyres can be a significant investment, so we want to help you get the most out of them. Correct wheel alignment is one of the best ways you can maximize the life of your tyres. As well as this, well aligned tyres are safer, save fuel, and provide better handling on the road.
How does a wheel alignment service work?
When we align your tyres, we measure, analyse, and adjust your vehicle’s steering and suspension angles to make
sure your wheels are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. Our tyre technicians use state
of the art aligning equipment to give you the most precise wheel alignment possible.
There are five factors involved in determining the correct alignment:
Minor bingles and accidents
Tyre wear and tear
The suspension system of today’s front and rear wheel drive vehicles requires precise wheel alignments that can only be delivered by state-of-the-art alignment systems.
There is also more variety on the road these days with vehicles having stability controls or dynamic stability controls, active stability management or SAS (Steering Angle Sensors). And because every vehicle manufacturer is unique, it requires different methods of adjustment.
Your local Bridgestone technicians are fully qualified and trained to ensure you get the most precise wheel alignment available by using the latest, state-of-the-art aligning equipment.
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 are driving at high speeds, and this can mean that a wheel is out of balance.
To fix the problem, your Bridgestone 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 technician can easily fix the problem using Bridgestone’s Ultra-Ride System.
Different vehicles will wear their tyres at different rates. For example, a front-wheel drive vehicle will wear its tyres very differently from a rear-wheel drive. Station wagons and utilities — because of the lack of weight over the rear wheels — will also wear at varying rates.
One of the best ways you can look after your tyres is by rotating them regularly. Swapping the rear tyres to the front and vice-versa ensures that tyres wear evenly and last significantly longer. As a guide, tyres should be rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 km even if there is no sign of uneven wear.
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 technician to find out how nitrogen inflation can help your vehicle.