FAQ's and Suspension Information

Do I really need a wheel alignment & suspension check?
Yes, a wheel alignment keeps your steering geometry in the correct position thus reducing tyre wear and overall saving you fuel in the process. Having a suspension check at the same time is recommended as this will highlight areas that could be of concern and giving you the opportunity to fix before costing a lot more. Remember, like an engine oil change a wheel alignment is a necessary service.

How often should I have this done?
We recommend about once every 12 months.

What are signs that I might need a wheel alignment & suspension check?
Often things like your steering wheel is on an angle to drive straight, your vehicle veering unexpectedly, rattling noises while going over bumps and shaking of the steering wheel are certainly guides to the potential requirements of a wheel alignment. With these signs as well a suspension check would be recommended to ensure that these signs are not caused by something potentially more dangerous. 

How often should I get my power steering rack and pump checked?
At Fulcrum we recommend a power steering check and flush every 20,000km to optimise the life of your rack and pump system. The main reason people have power steering problems are due to a lack of maintenance.

Suspension Terminology

Toe in/Toe out


Camber
The inward or outward tilt of the top of the tyre as viewed from the top of the vehicle. A vehicle’s camber can be negative or positive depending on the vehicle manufacturer’s suspension design. Positive camber is when the wheels lean outwards (from a vertical line) at the top, when looking from the front or rear of the vehicle. Negative camber is when the wheel leans inwards at the top. 

Caster
The forward or rearward tilt angle of the steering axis, calculated by the line that runs through the upper and lower pivot. Caster can be negative or positive pending on the vehicle.