Wheel Alignment / Tracking
Wheel alignment, also known as tracking, involves adjusting the angle of the front wheels so that they are parallel with each other.
The purpose of this adjustment is to maximise tyre life and ensure that the vehicle drives in a straight line.
Wheel alignment is different to but often confused with wheel balancing, which ensures that weight is distributed equally around the wheel and that the tyre rotates evenly.
What happens if your wheels are misaligned?
Every car has a specific wheel alignment setting. If this setting is disturbed by any of the following, your tyres can wear rapidly.
What could cause wheel alignment problems?
- Striking a kerb
- Hitting a pothole
- Normal wear and tear
- Bumping a parking boulder
- Being in a car accident
- Driving too quickly over speed bumps
What are the signs of poor wheel alignment?
Incorrect wheel alignment becomes obvious when either the inner or the outer edge of the tyres become unevenly worn or a “feathering” effect becomes noticeable. You may also notice:
- Uneven or rapid tyre wear
- Steering pulls to the right or left
- Drifting or wandering off course when driving in a straight line and on a level road
- The spokes of the steering wheel appearing to be ‘off centre’ when driving on a straight and level road.
What should I do if my wheels become misaligned?
If you suspect your alignment has been disturbed, you should have it checked immediately. In any case, it should be checked every 6,000 miles or when tyres or steering components have been changed.
How much does a laser wheel alignment cost?
We have negotiated a special price with our fitting partners of just £44.99 for a laser front wheel alignment or just £74.99 to have all 4 wheels aligned. To enjoy one of these deals, simply add one of the 2 options available at the top of this page by clicking book now!
My suspension has been modified, can you still carry out a wheel alignment?
Our fitting partners reserve the right to refuse to carry out a wheel alignment if the vehicle's suspension has been modified. They will discuss this with you on arrival once they have assessed your vehicle. If it is not possible to conduct an alignment, we will process a full refund for you.
Why wheel alignment is done
Wheel alignment is done to ensure that your tyres are parallel with each other. You can either book a front-wheel alignment or a 4-wheel alignment. Ensuring that your wheels are aligned correctly will maximise the lifespan of your tyres.
Which wheel alignment do I need?
We offer either front-wheel alignment or 4-wheel alignment. 4-wheel alignment is recommended to ensure that all tyres are aligned correctly.
Where to get wheel alignment
You can book a wheel alignment appointment on our website. To book an appointment at a branch local to you, please select the appropriate option at the top of this page and proceed to select your local fitting centre. Payment for wheel alignment services is taken online and cannot be taken in the branch.
When is wheel alignment required?
If you notice that your tyres are wearing unevenly then this could point to the fact that they aren't aligned correctly. Also, if your cars pull to either side when driving, this could also require a wheel alignment service. Steering wheel vibrations are also another telltale sign of unaligned wheels.
Will wheel alignment cause vibration?
If your wheels are not aligned correctly, then a vibrating steering wheel is a common fault. Having your wheels aligned, should fix this problem.
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