|Get it straight
Question : MY 2000 Perodua Kancil 650
veers very badly to the right
side when traveling at speeds exceeding 15 km/h.
I have sent the car for alignment and had the wheels balanced but this
does not seem to improve matters.
Please help as I feel that it would
be extremely dangerous to continue
driving the vehicle in this state.
THERE are several reasons why a vehicle does not travel in a straight line,
the most common of which include
misalignment of the wheels, suspension wear, suspension damage and
Misalignment of the wheels can easily be corrected, and indeed wheel
alignment work should be carried out
once every 10,000km.
The latter reasons are more serious
and can be potentially dangerous since
the performance of the vehicle under
adverse weather conditions, or in an
emergency, can be unpredictable.
Suspension wear can easily be rectified but damage to the suspension and
chassis requires further investigation.
Suspension and chassis damage can
occur if the vehicle has hit a curb hard,
hit a big pothole or been involved in
The alignment of the entire vehicle,
and not only the wheels, must be
checked for straightness.
A chassis jig is required for carrying
out the alignment task and this is
available at the workshops of the main
Cutting, welding and/or jigging
work may be required so this is not a
job that can be properly carried out by
a back street workshop.