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What is Wheel Alignment?
A wheel alignment or simply tracking is a service procedure that greatly enhances the performance and longevity of your vehicle’s tyres. During the procedure the proper setup of the suspension and steering parts are measured and adjusted to the factory recommended settings and accurate wheel alignment is critical to optimising tread wear and performance of your tyres. Regular wheel alignment are a wise investment often saving you money in the long run by preserving the longevity of your tyre’s tread. Wheel alignment should be considered routine preventive maintenance.
How does your vehicle gets out of alignment and How often do you need wheel alignment?
It depends on several factors here are some of the key indicators:
- check your tyres frequently if you observe uneven tyre wear this could be a sign that your vehicle is out of alignment.
- Out of alignment condition occur when the suspension and steering systems are not operating at their desired angles. It is mostly caused by wear and tear on suspension parts.
- Out of alignment also can be an impact with a pothole or curb or change in ride height lowered or raised on any vehicle regardless of age.
You should check your wheel alignment whenever you put on new tyres or suspension components are installed and anytime unusual tyre wear patterns appear. The alignment as well as any potential damage to the tyres should also be inspected after the vehicle has encountered a major road hazard or curb.
Among the suspension settings that need to be measured and adjusted, our camber and toe. Here is a definition of each and its influence on a vehicle and its tyres.
Camber angle – the camber angle identifies how far the tyre tilts inward or away from vertical when viewed directly from the front or back of the vehicle. Camber is expressed in Degrees. A positive camber setting tilt the the tyres away from the centre of the vehicle and negative camber setting tilt the tyres inward toward the centre of the vehicle.
Toe angle – the toe angle marks the exact direction that the tyres are pointed. When compared to the centre line of the vehicle as viewed from directly above. The vehicle toe is one of the most critical alignment settings affecting tyre wear. A toe angle that is off its appropriate setting can quickly damage a tyre. Consider that if the toe is just one sixteenth (1/16) of inch off its appropriate setting, each tyre on that axle will scrub almost seven feet sideways every mile.
As you can see proper alignment is critical to maintaing your tyres.
What else should you consider as part of regular tyre care?
Tyre rotation is another service procedure that can improve the performance and longevity of your vehicle’s tyres. Regular rotation of your tyres extends their useful life by repositioning them around the vehicle to compensate for the fact that each tyre will naturally wear at varying rates.
If your tyres are showing uneven wear VISIT OR CALL US FOR A FREE CHECK of any misalignment, wheel tyre balance or mechanical problems involved before rotation. Refer to your vehicle owner manual for rotation recommendation, if no rotation period is recommended, tyres should be rotated approximately every 5000 miles.
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