|A little veer isn't weird
Question : I OWN a 2002 Perodua
Kembara which was purchased new. After fitting four
new tyres about three months
ago, the car tends to veer to
the left. The car was returned
to the workshop that fitted the
tyres for realignment.
However, in spite of this, the car still veers to the left, but only
slightly this time around. The vehicle was subsequently returned to the
workshop that confirmed that the suspension is in perfect alignment. A second opinion by another workshop confirmed that there was
Please advise if there is
indeed a problem, as I have not
noticed this before the new tyres were fitted.
WHEEL alignment is an
important factor in maximising
the service life of tyres and ensuring a vehicle handles properly.
Poor alignment means that the forces acting on the four corners of the
vehicle are unequal, resulting in a potentially dangerous
Tyre or suspension alignment
should be checked at least once
every 20,000km, annually or
whenever the tyres are changed
or rotated. Checking of the vehicle alignment ensures that any
damage to the undercarriage of
the vehicle is brought to light as
soon as possible and rectified at
the first possible moment.
Three types of wheel alignment operations are possible -
toe-in/toe-out, camber and caster
Of the three, toe-in adjustment
is the most common since, for many modern vehicles, the caster
and camber are fixed during
adjustment results in the vehicle
veering to one side.
In your case, numerous work-
shop technicians have confirmed
that your vehicle suspension is in
alignment, yet you are experiencing a slight pull to the left side.
This may be a natural occurrence on some roads since most
road surfaces are deliberately
sloped to the near (left) side to
allow for drainage. Hence, the
amount of pull will depend on
the incline of the road surface.
You may want to test this theory by driving on various road
surfaces to see if the amount of
pull toward the left varies. If it
does, you can be reassured that
the veering of your vehicle is due
to the road surface, rather than
the condition of your vehicle.