Car Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment (sometimes called tracking) is an important piece of car maintenance that ensures your cars wheels are giving their best performance in terms of handling, fuel economy, ride comfort and even tyre life.

Our 3D 4 wheel computerised alignment can have your wheels back to the precise positioning that they were when they left the factory, our wheel alignment uses lasers to ensure a good alignment for your car.

Why does my car need a wheel alignment?

Does your car pull or drift to one side? Is your steering wheel straight? Do you have uneven tyre wear?

Wheels go out of alignment from everyday use, knocks and bumps caused by potholes or ‘curbing’ your car can have an immediate effect on your cars tracking.

Even though you might not immediately notice the effect to your car, even having wheels that are misaligned by a small amount can have an impact on your cars fuel economy and tyre wear, however the further out of alignment your tracking is, the more noticeable the impact will be.

What is wheel alignment?

Wheel alignment dictates the angles at which your car makes contact with the road. For the best performance you ideally want to have as much of the surface area of the tyre to be in contact with the ground as possible.

There are three main types of wheel alignment that should all be adjusted to get the optimal performance from your car:

Toe Alignment

  • Toe measures how much a pair of wheels are turned in or out from a straight ahead position.
  • Toe alignment can be carried out on the front wheels alone or the front and rear wheels.
  • You will feel your car 'pulling' to one side if the toe alignment is out.

Camber Alignment

  • Camber is the vertical tilt of the wheel.
  • If the camber is out of alignment it will cause the tyre tread to wear excessively on the edge.
  • If the camber is different from wheel to wheel it can cause your vehicle to pull to one side.
  • Camber misalignment may not be adjustable on all cars. If the camber alignment is out on these vehicles it may indicate that something is worn or bent and should be inspected more closely.

Caster Alignment

  • Caster alignment is the angle of the steering pivot when viewed from the side of the vehicle.
  • Caster has little effect on tyre wear, but it affects steering stability.
  • If the caster is out of adjustment, it can cause problems in straight line tracking.
  • If the caster is equal but too negative, the steering will be light and the vehicle will wander.
  • If the caster is equal but too positive, the steering will be heavy and the steering wheel may kick when you hit a bump.

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Call our service team today for more information on Crawley 888333