Wheel alignment is considered as one of the most important preventive car maintenance components, that saves the vehicle from several issues, but more importantly from facing vehicle disbalance and toppling. It also prevents the car from going out of control, and face grip issues. On the other hand, it is the wheel alignment service that is done to make sure that a vehicle is able to move straight when intended, by keeping well under control the movements of wheels and tires. But the wheel alignment service is referred to as a gamut of services, that has a bunch of parts or kinds. We dropped in at our nearby Audi service center to know from the most authentic sources, what and all this particular servicing consists of.
What Can Cause a Wheel Misalignment?
The term wheel alignment talks about fixing back the wheels to their original grooves, where their connection to the vehicle will be fixed, but their movement on the roads will go flexible, but as per the steering wheel inputs. But after crossing certain amount of distance, or by facing some collision issue, even with a solid embankment, the wheels of a vehicle can get dislocated and misaligned from their sockets. This is somewhat an inevitable situation that every car is likely to experience, as even in normal conditions, the fittings of the wheels can go loose, and lead to a misalignment.
Then, it is the drivetrain configuration of a vehicle that decides, the kind of wheel alignment it needs. For example, if a car is configured with front or rear wheels, the wheel alignment will mostly stick to those wheels, unless the other pair of wheels too show signs of severe misalignment.
So, here are the terminologies that refer to the kinds of wheel alignment a servicing might consist of:
Wheel Alignment and its Types
As said earlier, it is the kinds of drivetrain configurations that divides the wheel alignment servicing into the following ways:
When alignment is done only to the front wheels of a car because it is configured as front-wheel drive vehicle, it is called front-end alignment.
Similarly, when the servicing involves the alignment of the rear wheels alone, it will be called as the rear-end alignment.
There are plenty of crossovers and SUVs that come configured as four-wheel-drive, so they need this four-wheel alignment. But this particular kind of alignment service can be done on every vehicle, since this kind of alignment treats all the four wheels of the vehicle and helps in preventing untimely wear on a specific set of tires. It also helps in enhancing response time of the steering.
When the rear axle of a vehicle steps out of its proper line of alignment, it is treated with the “thrust-angle” procedure. It is also used to solve severe issues of the car pulling at one side of the road, without the intention of the driver. Thrust angle servicing is also known as thrust alignment as well as suspension alignment servicing as it can improve the steering performance drastically, informed the mechanics we spoke with at the center of Audi service and alignment.