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 front 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 front wheel alignment cost?
We have negotiated a special price with our fitting partners of just £29. To enjoy this deal, go to the checkout and add a front wheel alignment to your basket.
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