How often should you carry out wheel alignment on commercial vehicles?
Regular wheel alignment and maintenance can help ensure the safety of your drivers, as well as save on fuel costs and purchasing new tyres more often.
But how often should you be carrying out wheel alignment on your commercial and heavy vehicles? The simple answer is at least once per year, but there are many factors to consider, increasing how often you should do it.
First on our list is any changes to your steering components. This could be replacing drag links, ball joints, track bars, or even chassis lengths. Any small change can throw your wheel alignment off kilter and potentially cause long-term damage to your vehicle, as well as decrease its efficiency.
If your commercial vehicle’s tyres are extremely worn out, this can severely throw off the alignment of the wheels. Similarly, once you’ve replaced any tyre on your vehicle, you should also get the alignment checked. The best way to approach checking the alignment on your wheels in regards to tyres is to do so whenever you have a tyre change.
Have your drivers been complaining about your commercial vehicles pulling to the left or right? Maybe their steering wheels have been vibrating more? Or perhaps they’re noticing fuel consumption is quicker?
All of these complaints and issues (and more) could be an indication that the wheel alignment is shot. Of course, not all the issues are caused by misalignment, but it’s a good place to start.
Your commercial vehicles should regularly be inspected for safety issues and performance. This is a good time to have the wheel alignment checked too.
However, these inspections are not that often, so it’s much better to be proactive with your wheel alignment checks, as opposed to just doing them because you have it.
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