After The Snow Watch Out For The Pot Holes.
In the calderdale district of West Yorkshire we have an increasing number of incidence of cars requiring Wheel Alignment, the main cause for this is driving over potholes and speed bumps , this can alter the vehicle’s steering and suspension geometries or damage critical components such as tyres and steering parts. This can reduce the vehicles safety or increase more expensive running costs, also damaging the tyres more quickly, by ensuring the wheels are correctly aligned , will be avoided and drivers can minimise the effects of any pothole or speed bump damage and ensure they remain as safe as possible .
The recent bad weather will most certainly increase the number of potholes that cause the damage and due to fact the road damage may be covered with slush and packed snow this can cause a number of serious safety issues for motorists, if a driver knows that they have gone down a pothole they should get their alignment checked, most auto centres will give you a free tracking check and you only pay if the alignment is out and it needs adjusting.
Another sign that your alignment is out is that your steering wheel may not be straight, this will need all the front alignment re-setting and could take an hour or two you could incur an extra cost, so it may be wise if you got a quote for the cost. Another thing you should watch for when having your tracking checked is the problem of seized up steering parts. The garage or auto centre may have to use some form of heat to free off seized steering parts, This will take much longer and an extra charge will usually be applied,once again a good garage will inform you of this and give you the choice of of whether you want it or not.
Any good tyre centre will give you a complete tyre check for free, he will check your tyre pressures and your tyre tread depth, in Great Britain the tread depth is 1.6 mm for 3/4 of the tread width from the centre of the tread to the edges, they will also check your tyres for bulges and cuts and then inflate your tyres to the correct pressures, this is all part of the service which should be carried out with a smile if not go somewhere else.
To sum up have your alignment carried out at regular intervals, especially if you think that you have hit a pothole or gone over a speed bump at speed. Always have the tracking checked if you are having new tyres fitted , even if the auto centre ask you to come back later, a few days will not scrub your tyres off, have your tyre pressures and tyre wear checked regularly and if have any doubt of what make of tyre to buy always go for a mid-range make, this will mean that you get good quality and the tyres will be less price than a branded make. Once again a good garage or auto centre will be glad to help and check your tyres for no charge.