What Is a Wheel Alignment?
Wheel alignment is the science of precisely measuring and then positioning the wheels on your car to ensure the least amount of wear to your tyres. When correctly set it will significantly extend the life of your tyres, your car also should handle better, be safer to drive and enjoy greater fuel economy.
When Do I Need a Wheel Alignment?
If your steering wheel isn’t straight or your car pulls to either side or wanders on straight roads.After an encounter with a particularly nasty pothole or kerb.When you are replacing your tyres. We recommend a wheel alignment twice a year to ensure your vehicle’s safety, to improve handling and to help maximise the life of your tyres.
Two of the most common problems that can cause rapid tyre wear are incorrect Camber and Toe-In settings.
This measurement determines whether or not your wheels lean in, out or sit straight up in a vertical position. Incorrect camber makes your car feel as if the steering is pulling to either side. Correct camber ensures the right amount of tyre tread is in contact with the road for safer turning, braking and reduce tread wear.
If your front wheels are ‘pigeon-toed’, you have toe-in and if they’re pointing out like ballerina’s feet you have toe-out. Both lead to tyre scrubbing and excessive tread wear and may also cause unpredictable steering response.