Getting to know wheel alignment. Ensuring that your car’s wheels are correctly aligned is one of the important checks that is done when you have your annual vehicle service. Wheels can easily become misaligned if you hit a kerb or pothole, or due to wear on your steering and suspension components.
If you feel your car pulling to the side or strong vibrations can be felt through in the steering wheel, then it could mean the wheel alignment is out. Tyres wearing unevenly is another common symptom.
All four wheels are usually aligned together using high-definition sensors that measure the position and angle of each wheel. A computer analyses 12 or more angles and compares them to the data specified by the manufacturer.
Some terms associated with wheel alignment are:
“Camber” – the inward or outward tilt of the wheel. The amount is measured in degrees from vertical.
“Positive camber” – when the wheels tilt outwards at the top. Too much will result in extra wear on the outside of the tyres and can damage suspension components.
“Negative camber” – when the top of the wheel tilts inwards. Too much negative camber results in premature wear on the inside of a tyre.
“Toe” – this refers to whether the fronts of the tyres are closer or further apart than the rears. The purpose is to make the wheels roll parallel to one another. Positive toe means the wheels are turned in; negative to is when the wheels are turned out. The actual amount of toe is only a fraction of a degree normally.
After the wheel alignment has been done, you receive a printed report showing the measurements before and after. All the boxes should be green, meaning that the angles now meet the manufacturer’s specification. If anything is red, they do not. A black arrow above each box shows how close the angle is to the manufacturer’s recommended parameters.
For a free Ellesmere Port car repairs,Ellesmere Port wheel alignment or Ellesmere Port wheel balancing quote just give us a call on 0151 339 0101 or pop in so we can re-adjust your tracking to ensure it is correct, thus prolonging the life of your Ellesmere Port tyres.