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The Impact of Weight On Wheel Alignment

Take a closer look at the effects of weight on a vehicle with a focus on 4×4 wheel alignment.

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    TrakRyder Wheel Alignment Parts From Pedders

    Pedders TrakRyder 4×4 wheel alignment parts include components that enable the adjustment of camber and caster to optimise tyre contact with the road, extend the life of expensive 4WD tyres and improve handling.


    Wheel Alignment and Balance – The Pedders Way

    Pedders stores are equipped with the latest diagnostic equipment for wheel alignment services. Our technicians have expert training to ensure optimum wheel alignment and balance, providing you with improved performance, comfort, fuel economy and extended tyre and suspension component life.


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    Wheel Balance Explained

    Wheel balance on the other hand is the balance of the rotating mass of tyre and wheel. Poor wheel balance not only prevents the tyres from running smoothly on the road surface, but also affects both the car’s behaviour tyre wear. Balance and general wheel alignment issues create noticeably different wear patterns on the tyres.


    The Signs Of Poor 4×4 Wheel Alignment and Balance

    • The vehicle pulls to one side of the road.
    • Tyres wear evenly, but quickly.
    • Tyres wear on the edges – either inner or outer edges, not both.
    • Tyre develops a feathered or saw-tooth pattern where one edge of each tread element is worn smooth while the outer edge is sharp and ragged.
    • Lack of steering feel and responsiveness.
    • Excessively heavy steering.
    • Poor handling such as excessive over or understeer.
    • A change in the position of the steering wheel when driving in a straightline.

    Why Choose Pedders For 4×4 Wheel Alignment Service

    Pedders recommends you have your car’s wheel alignment and balance checked every six months or 10,000km and after any major jolt or impact. Any noticeable change in your car’s behaviour may result from alignment deterioration. If in doubt book your car in for a Pedders alignment inspection. If you’re worried about the cost of wheel alignment get a Brakes, Steering and Suspension Check today! For wheel alignment costs, get in touch with your local Pedders store.


    Frequently Asked Wheel Alignment Questions

    What is a Wheel Alignment?

    Every vehicle has key areas of adjustment within its suspension and each vehicle has varying recommended tolerances for these areas to allow for the best balance of ride comfort, handling and tyre wear. The process of measuring and adjusting these settings is called a wheel alignment service.

    Over time and through regular driving, your wheel alignment settings can change and fall out of the manufacturer’s specified parameters and cause poor handling, un-even tyre wear and reduced fuel economy.

    How to know if you need a Wheel Alignment?

    The most obvious sign that your vehicle requires a wheel alignment is if your tyre wear is un-even and you can notice more tread wear on the inside or outside of the tyre. Another obvious sign is if your vehicle pulls to one side of the road when driving straight or your steering wheel is off centre when driving on a straight road.

    How do you approach a wheel alignment for a modified 4×4? 

    At Pedders we offer customised wheel alignment solutions for modified and lifted 4×4 and off-road vehicles. Raising the ride height of your 4×4 effects its wheel alignment characteristics and requires a unique wheel alignment setup, and in some cases upgraded parts such as control arms. By fitting these parts and altering the wheel alignment settings we can restore the vehicle’s suspension geometry to as close to OEM as possible while having an increased ride height.

    Can you do wheel alignments to help with towing and load-carrying?

    Yes, we offer custom wheel alignments for vehicles used for towing and load-carrying purposes. Adding weight to your vehicle can drastically effect its wheel alignment and cause camber and castor issues resulting in poor handling, numb steering feel and increased tyre wear. It’s important to have a wheel alignment that takes into consideration the weight you are carrying so you can avoid these problems.

    Should you get a wheel alignment after driving off road?

    If you use your every day vehicle to drive off-road, you may want to consider having a wheel alignment service completed after going bush. Driving off-road, particularly on rough or challenging tracks, knocks your suspension around significantly more than driving on smooth bitumen. Harsh impacts off-road can easily alter your wheel alignment, so it’s a good idea to check the common signs of a bad wheel alignment when you return to regular driving.

    Pedders 4x4 Wheel Alignment and Balance

    Check out our range of Pedders Wheel Alignment Parts and more for your vehicle.

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    Urethane Radius Rod Alignment Bush (2 PKT) EP9166

    $188.00

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    Caster Shim 5402

    $19.00

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    Pedders Camber Pin - 15mm (Pair) 458015

    $55.00

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