Vibrations in the steering wheel or free rolling steering wheels are clear indicators to the driver that the vehicle’s wheel alignment must be checked. However, small wheel misalignments often remain unnoticed. This results in unnecessary costs due to wear and tear of the tires, damage to the casing and increased fuel consumption. This can be avoided with VAI™ from Continental.
As easy as it is efficient: as the tire wears, the VAI indicators on the inside and outside shoulders of the tires change. Simply comparing the two indicators will show whether the wheels are correctly aligned or not. In the case of uneven wear the wheel alignment should be checked and adjusted if required. Misaligned wheels not only impact on the service life of the tires, but also increase fuel consumption. If the two indicators match, this shows the tires are wearing evenly and the wheels are correctly aligned. The new VAI technology is available for all 22.5" steer axle tires of Generation 3 Conti EcoPlus HS3 and Conti Hybrid HS3.
Optimized wheel alignment reduces tire wear. This can result in up to 10 % more mileage.
One-sided tire wear can also damage the casing. The resale value of the casing can be maintained by correct wheel alignment.
A vehicle with correct alignment can save up to 3 % in fuel - in extreme cases this can be even greater.
No tools or prior knowledge are required to read and interpret the indicators.