Wheel alignment is the electronic tracking and adjusting the wheels to point in the correct direction, having the correct angles and degrees relative to the car and manufacturer’s specifications.
Each car manufacturer has specific angles and degrees for each vehicle model which are based on complex engineering testing to find the optimal set up, based on vehicle weight, power intended cornering abilities and stability. With time and driving the wheels become misbalanced and deviate slightly from the manufacture’s specifications. This is caused by speed bumps, potholes, and other uneven surfaces on the road. When the wheels are not properly aligned and point in the wrong direction the car can become very unpredictable on the road, start to wobble at high speeds and swivel to one side of the road. All this can make the car very dangerous. Further more bad aligned wheels will cause faster tyre wear causing you to buy new tyres more often. Even your petrol consumption will be increased dramatically due to bad aligned wheels.
Signs showing bad wheel alignment or displaced steering geometry are:
- Steering Wheel is off-set when vehicle is traveling in straight line
- The vehicle may drift or pull to the left or right
- The tyres will wear bald or show signs of uneven wear to either edge
Should any of the above signs be present we strongly recommend you to have that car immediately checked for wheel alignment and steering geometry.
As a thumb of rule at least once a year a wheel alignment should be performed on the car and where the car is more heavily used such as commercial vehicles wheel alignment should be carried out at least every six months.
We use the latest technology in 3D 4 wheel laser alignment systems. We can align very low cars with body kits.
We offer specialized wheel alignment for drift cars and track day cars where the wheel alignment is customised to the client’s requirements.
The adjustments carried out during wheel alignment are as follows:
This refers to the tilted direction of the wheels toward or away from one another when viewed from the top. Toe is the most critical tyre wearing angle. Tyres that “toe-in” point toward one another. Tyres that “toe-out” point away from each other.
This refers to the tilt of the wheels toward or away from one another when viewed from the front. Wheels that tilt in toward the vehicle have “negative camber.” Wheels that tilt away from the vehicle have “positive camber.”
This refers to the angle of the steering axis in relation to an imaginary vertical line through the center of the wheel when viewed from the side. “Positive caster” is the term used when the vertical line is tilted back toward the rear. If it’s tilted forward, we call it “negative caster.” The proper caster angle stabilizes your car for better steering.