What Is Wheel Alignment?

You may have heard of wheel alignment before, or perhaps you have been told yours might need to be adjusted. So, what is wheel alignment – and why does it matter?

What Is Wheel Alignment?

Wheel alignment is where a technician checks the direction and angle of a vehicle’s wheels. The alignment positions that are adjusted are often described as toe in, toe out, and positive or negative camber.

What Does Toe In or Toe Out Mean?

“Toe” refers to the angles of the fronts of the tyres – whether they are closer or further apart than the rear of the tyres. Different vehicles need to have different toe settings to account for the way that wheels pull either towards each other or apart. Incorrect toe alignment can result in in your car or van steering to one side.

What Does Negative Camber and Positive Camber Mean?

“Camber” is an inward or outward tilt of a vehicle’s tyre. The ideal camber value is set by the vehicle manufacturer and it can be affected by striking potholes in the road, so may need to be adjusted periodically.

What Happens When I Get a Hunter Wheel Alignment?

During a Hunter wheel alignment service, a technician accurately measures as many as 14 different wheel angles and checks them against the original specifications of the car manufacturer. If any significant differences are found, these are corrected by adjusting the car’s steering and suspension settings. A wheel alignment helps to maximise fuel efficiency, reduce uneven tyre wear and improves your driving comfort and safety on the road.

Car Clinic MOT Centre – Ellesmere Port Garage

If you need a Hunter alignment, contact us today. For all your car care advice, MOTs and servicing needs, call Car Clinic MOT Centre Ellesmere Port car garage your local independent Ellesmere Port MOT, Ellesmere Port brakes, car repairs, Ellesmere Port car servicing or Ellesmere Port tyres garage. Call us on 0151 339 0101 for a free quote.