4-Wheel alignment – why bother?

4-wheel alignment is an important process.  Whether you hit a pothole in the road or mount a kerb, it can completely throw your alignment out, as well as damaging your suspension and steering. So why is 4-wheel alignment necessary?  Kudos explains why this forms part of the dealership services they provide……

As the name suggests, 4-wheel alignment consists of an adjustment of all 4 wheels – front and rear.  Your car typically needs 4-wheel alignment if it’s an all-wheel drive with independent suspension.

Kudos Coatings took the decision to carry out 4-wheel alignment on all of the vehicles it repaired a few years ago.  Why?   “It’s important that wheels are adjusted if any repair or refurbishment work is undertaken that involves partial or complete wheel removal.  We always put safety first and want to be entirely sure that when we hand a vehicle back to one of our dealership partners its performance and handling will be just the same as when we collected it from them.”

You know there’s a problem if a vehicle pulls to one side

Any repair work on a wheel can result in a loss of vehicle handling when it’s reinstated.  You know that your car has a problem with alignment if it starts pulling to one side or another when travelling along a straight road.   In fact, many repairers recommend that you get your wheels aligned at least once a year to be on the safe side.

So improved handling is a direct benefit of 4-wheel alignment, but what other benefits are there?

1. It helps to reduce uneven wear on car parts, thus helping to reduce expensive repairs.

2. It can help to maximise fuel consumption.

3. It helps ensure even tyre tread thus prolonging the life of your tyres.

It’s worth noting that not all alloy wheel repairers offer an alignment service as standard.  This is an optional extra for many.  With Kudos it’s different. “By carrying out a 4-wheel alignment on all the vehicles we work on, we have complete confidence that vehicle performance will not be compromised.”

Kudos alloy technicians adjust both the front and rear suspension camber, caster and toe angles as part of the alignment process.