3D Wheel Alignment
Wheel Alignment, sometimes referred to as tracking, is part of standard automobile maintenance that consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are set to the car manufacturer’s specification. The purpose of these adjustments id to reduce tyre wear and to ensure that vehicle travel is smooth, without pulling to “one side”.
Wheel Alignment is important to the health of your vehicle. If you hit a ‘massive’ pot hole, you may bump your suspension out of the carefully calculated locations that the components have been set. All of the elements that make your car drive straight are called “alignment”. Basically, this term involves checking the direction and angle of 3 main measurements – caster, camber and toe and these measurements have standards that a technician uses as targets of adjustments.
The “Toe” refers to whether the front of the tyres across an axle is closer or further apart than the rear of the tyres. Different types of vehicles need different toe settings to allow for the way that wheels pull either towards each other or apart.
The “Camber” is the inward or outward tilt of a tyre and is specified by the vehicle manufacturer. It can be affected by potholes in the road and needs to be checked regularly to see if any adjustment is required.
Incorrect wheel alignment can result in rapid wearing on the edges of the tyre and could affect the handling on the vehicle and certainly mean a replacement earlier than would otherwise be required.
Wheel Alignment (or Tracking), is important for good road holding and to maximise the life of your tyres. Hitting a kerb or driving at speed over a pot hole can result in misalignment.
To have your wheels aligned by Dalesway Tyres, please call us on 015395 66029 to make an appointment.