Wheel Alignment Explained
What to look out for:
• The car pulling to the left and right
• Uneven tyre wear
• A crooked steering wheel
• Car meandering on the road
There are many workshops offering all kinds of cheap or even free wheel alignment checks. These companies use very basic systems which cannot not do 4 wheel alignment or allow for run out compensation (taking account for any errors in the wheel rim), so their reading result can only be, at best, very approximate.
Save your time, money and hassle by taking the time to read our information on wheel alignment and you will then have all the info you need, to make an informed decision to come into us.
Incorrect alignment results in rapid irregular tyre wear, excessive fuel use, poor tyre mileage and can even affect the handling and safety of the vehicle.
Wheel alignment can be affected over time, by speedbumps, driving against a kerb, hitting a pothole in the road or by excessive wear to steering or suspension components.
Alignment of wheels and tyres to the specification required by your vehicle is an important way to guarantee a smooth ride and to get the most out of your tyres/investment.
The direction and angle at which tyres are set are both important. Wheel alignment or ‘tracking’ involves checking the direction and angle against the specific vehicle manufacturers’ specifications. These are often described as toe in, toe out, positive camber or negative camber.
“Toe” refers to whether the front of the tyres are closer or further apart than the rear of the tyres. Different types of vehicles need different toe settings to allow for the way that wheels pull either towards each other or apart.
“Camber” is the inward or outward tilt of a tyre. The camber is set by the vehicle manufacturer, and can be affected by potholes in the road and may need to be adjusted periodically.
As we explained from the start, we will visually check your alignment and suspension parts free of charge. No Catches!
The Benefits To You?
The benefits are numerous and in today’s economic times, should not be ignored, as they will save you money and keep you safe from the day it is actioned:
Reduced Tyre Wear
Improper alignment is a major cause of premature tyre wear. over the years, a properly aligned car can add thousands of miles to tyre life.
Improved Fuel Consumption
Fuel consumption reduces as the drag on the tyres (rolling resistance) decreases. four wheel alignment sets the wheels straight/parallel, which along with correct tyre pressures, minimises the rolling resistance.
Saves Money & The Environment
By preventing premature tyre wear (and early tyre disposal) and improving fuel economy / co2 emissions, it not only reduces the cost of motoring which puts more money in your pocket, but helps the environment too!
Many handling problems can be corrected by four wheel alignment, giving you the driver a better and enjoyable driving experience.
Misalignment will make the car less stable when taking emergency or evasive action. a suspension system inspection is part of an alignment procedure, therefore potentially allows worn parts to be spotted before they cause a a more costly problem.