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It takes only a small misalignment to create bigger problems
If your vehicle suspension is misaligned this can have a negative effect on the wear of your tyres. Tyres that are wearing out rapidly are going to become expensive. It is also likely to have an effect on the safety of your vehicle, affecting the handling and comfort of the drive as well as having a considerable effect on fuel consumption.
How will I know if I need a Wheel Alignment?
You may begin to notice that your vehicle is starting to pull either left or right whilst driving. You might also notice that the steering wheel seems off centre when driving straight. Juddering through the steering wheel and uneven tyre wear are also signs that there may be an alignment problem.
At Spa Motors we specialise in Wheel Alignment and Tracking
Using the latest state of the art technology in Wheel Alignment, our team can ensure that your wheels are aligned correctly, saving you money in the long run and improving the handling of your vehicle.
Why does wheel misalignment occur?
Misalignment of your wheels can happen as a result of simply driving through a pothole or your wheels hitting a kerb. In more serious cases an accident may have caused the misalignment. Misalignment can also occur as your suspension components begin to wear or when they have recently been replaced.
Benefits of having correct wheel alignment are:
The cost – it will obviously save you money if our wheels are correctly aligned and are wearing out more evenly and steadily.
Safety – Optimised handling of your vehicle, resulting in a safer more comfortable ride.
The complicated bit!
How we measure your Wheel Alignment:
Wheel Alignment involves checking the angle and direction of the wheel. The three main adjustments which may be made to a vehicle's alignment are toe, camber and caster. Toe in/Toe out – by how much in distance the front wheels and the rear wheels differ on the same axle.
Toe-in means that the front parts of the wheels are closer together than the rear one resulting in increased wear on the outside of the tyre. Whilst Toe-out means that the rear ends of the wheels are closer together than the front ones, resulting in increased wear on the inner edges of the tyre.
This is a measure of how vertical a tyre is when viewed from the front of the vehicle.
When the camber position changes, it has an effect on the bearing surfaces of the tyres, and thus the stability of the car. Only if the track and camber values are correctly adjusted can the tyres use the maximum footprint resulting in safer driving.
A slight lean towards the wheel arch it is described as having negative camber.
A slight lean in the opposite direction is described as a positive camber.
In order to allow a car to travel exactly straight and under precise control, the wheels must always be as perpendicular as possible to the road under all driving conditions.
Caster Alignment measures the positioning of where the suspension sits above the wheels centre. You can immediately notice if your caster alignment is out if your vehicle is pulling to one side when driving down a straight road - negative caster.
To ensure your wheels are aligned correctly, we at Spa Motors recommend that you have them checked periodically. Once they have been correctly aligned, they should remain so until they become worn or damaged again.
We would strongly recommend an annual alignment check or a check following the replacement of your tyres. Give our highly skilled technicians a call at Spa Motors in Leamington Spa to have you wheels aligned today!