Wheel Alignments: Why are They Important?

July 31st, 2023 by

Safety is the most important thing when operating a MINI and that starts with proper MINI maintenance. Proper wheel alignment plays an important role in ensuring the safety of a vehicle, the driver, passengers and others on the road. A correct wheel alignment is fundamental to ensure your car is driving the way it is supposed to.

In this blog we’ll learn what wheel alignment is, how it affects a vehicle’s performance, and why it’s important to maintain proper wheel alignment.

What is Wheel Alignment:

Wheel alignment, also known as tire alignment, is the adjustment of the angles at which your MINI’s wheels make contact on the road. You want to make sure they are parallel with each other and perpendicular with the ground. Potholes and general road conditions can cause a misalignment which can result in uneven tire wear, reduced fuel efficiency, and impaired driveability.

A proper wheel alignment involves adjusting the chamber (the tilt of the wheels), the caster (the tilt of the steering axis) and the toe (the direction the wheels point) to meet the manufacturer’s specifications.

How a Wheel Alignment Affects your MINI’s Performance:

A good wheel alignment is important for your MINI’s performance since it affects the way the car handles, steers and brakes. Common signs of poor wheel alignment include:

  • Uneven tire wear
  • Vehicle pulls to the side
  • Steering wheel vibrates
  • Difficulty with steering
  • Decreased fuel efficiency
  • Unusual tire noises

Why a Wheel Alignment is Important:

Maintaining a proper wheel alignment is important for several reasons:

  • Longer Tire Life- Regular wheel alignment ensures even wear on your tires, which extends the tire life.
  • Improved Vehicle Safety and Handling- Proper wheel alignment helps maintain proper traction and control.
  • Preventative Maintenance- By correcting the misalignment early, you can prevent potential damage to other components of your MINI’s suspension system.
  • Improved Fuel Efficiency- This reduces the amount of resistance it encounters on the road which reduces your time at the pump.

It is recommended to have your MINI’s vehicle alignment checked at least once a year or if your vehicle is showing an improper alignment.  You might want to consider an alignment done after you have hit a curb or pothole as well.

Is your MINI in need of an alignment? Schedule your appointment today!