Wheel Alignment

The Effects of Potholes on your Car.

Well, this is certainly a common experience for all South African motorists. We all have experienced the impact of a pothole at some point.

Some worse than others. I have seen how our now part of our lives potholes have destroyed tyres, rims and even suspensions.

Every day as an auto workshop owner and mechanic we witness the destruction caused by our roads.

Here at Auto101 we can ease the pain as we use the latest 3D wheel alignment equipment to get you back on the road as soon as possible. Whether it be a new tyre or a complete suspension we will get you back on the road at an affordable cost.

What are the telltale signs of wheel misalignment?

First of all the most common causes of tyre wear is due to a misalignment on one or more of your wheels. If one of your tyres is out of position it causes the car to ‘crab’ – the car is trying to drive sideways. Therefore you have to work harder to steer the car, having to over steer in order to compensate for the sideways push.

The way to tell if both your wheels are misaligned is to drive in a straight line and look at your hand position – if your hands are not at 10 and 2 o’clock, chances are your wheels are not where they should be. You are basically steering sideways just to stay in a straight line.

Another tell-tale sign is feathering on the edges of the tyres caused by ‘crabbing’ – the tyres are being dragged along the road causing unusual wear to the edge.

Correct wheel alignment benefits.

There are many benefits of making sure your wheels are correctly aligned.

  • Improved safety. The lower rolling resistance in the tyres means they are less likely to become overheated. Tyres that become too hot react more slowly to driver inputs e.g. when you turn the steering wheel.
  • Reduced tyre wear as they don’t need to be replaced as often
  • More efficient fuel consumption. There is less rolling resistance from the tyres, meaning your engine doesn’t have to work as hard to move and uses less fuel
  • Improved driver comfort and handling. Again due to the reduction in rolling resistance from the tyres, creating a much smoother driving experience.
  • Reduced carbon dioxide emissions as a result of reduced fuel consumption
  • Less stress on suspension components meaning your car repair costs are reduced

How it all started

Hi my name is Brent Nelson. I am the owner of the very popular auto service centre Auto101 based and situated in Asburton on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu Natal.

It all started some 30 years ago in the very same workshop that I own now.

Growing up with a mechanic as a Dad was not easy, but it was worth it. He taught me and my brother not only about repairing cars but that life can throw you many curve balls.

We had the opportunity to continue the family business after him, however, being young and impulsive with my own thoughts and opinions (not always being right!) I pursued a career in electronics.

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