Torque Shop

After my car's front drive shafts were replaced, I did not send it for a wheel alignment immediately. I did it only after a month or so. Would the tyres have been worn unevenly during the one month?

In a drive shaft replacement, several components of the front suspension will have to be taken apart and reassembled. This affects the wheel alignment.

Hence, a wheel alignment check should be performed immediately after replacements.

Just how much uneven wear your car's tyres experience will depend on how bad the misalignment was.

Severe misalignment will be felt at the steering wheel. The car could also veer to one side on a straight road.

To answer your question, badly misaligned wheels can cause tyres to wear irregularly within one month.

Shreejit Changaroth

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2017, with the headline 'Torque Shop'. Print Edition | Subscribe