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The importance of regular wheel alignments for your heavy vehicle and fleet

Wheel alignments are an important service that is frequently overlooked. The truth is that if you own a company that relies on a heavy vehicle or fleet of heavy vehicles to deliver goods and services, keeping your vehicles serviced and maintained regularly is critical. Wheel alignments are no exception.

Having regular heavy vehicle wheel alignments will improve the steering and overall performance of your fleet. If your vehicle’s wheels are misaligned, the vehicle can pull to one side or cause excessive vibrations, making driving dangerous. Wheel alignments ensure that your vehicles are travelling straight and true, saving you money on gas and reducing tyre wear. 

Poor steering responsiveness

Misaligned wheels will inevitably result in poor steering responsiveness, which can be dangerous when driving a large vehicle. If this occurs, you could lose control of your vehicle and cause an accident on the road. As heavy vehicles demand more precision and control, it’s even more important to have properly aligned wheels for safe operation.

Uneven tyre wear 

If your heavy vehicles are not regularly getting wheel alignments, you’re likely experiencing premature tyre wear. The uneven distribution of weight across the tyres will cause them to wear down at different rates, which can be costly in the long run. This will lead to repairs or replacements much sooner than necessary.

Reduced tyre life

As well as causing premature tyre wear, and out of alignment vehicle can also cause the tyres to become excessively hot. This can lead to them blowing out while you’re driving, putting yourself and other road users at risk.

Increased fuel consumption

Misaligned wheels can also lead to decreased fuel efficiency as the vehicle has to work harder to move in a straight line. If your vehicle has a poor wheel alignment this means that it is not driving straight. This results in wasted energy that could otherwise be used to power the vehicle and get it where it needs to go.

Damaged steering components

When the wheels are not aligned properly, the steering components are put under stress, which can cause them to break or wear down prematurely. This will result in even more costly repairs.

Unnecessary wear on suspension components 

Misaligned wheels can put too much pressure on other parts of the vehicle if left untreated for years, causing them to crack or break over time due to excessive force being applied where it isn’t designed for it.

Having your wheels aligned regularly will ensure that your heavy vehicles are operating at their peak efficiency and safety. At Trueline Truck Repair Centre & Wheel Aligners, we make it a priority to make sure your truck is running safely and efficiently. We provide a comprehensive range of specialist services as Adelaide’s go-to diesel mechanics. To discuss your next truck wheel alignment and fleet service, contact our team today.


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