Correct wheel alignment (also called tracking) will ensure your vehicle drives in a true straight line. If you notice that your car pulls to one side when travelling on a straight flat road, your tyres are wearing abnormally, or your steering wheel remains at an angle when driving straight, then your wheel alignment is likely to need adjusting. You might also notice your fuel consumption has increased; this will be due to increase of drag on the vehicle.
Correcting wheel alignment consists of checking the angle of vehicle wheels in three ways:
- Camber - Identifies if the wheels leaning away from the vehicle or into the vehicle too far; Causing uneven wear on either the inside or outside of the tyre tread.
- Toe - Identifies which direction the wheels are pointing relative to the centre of the vehicle.
- Caster - Is the angle created by the steering pivots, from the front to the back of the vehicle.
It doesn't necessarily take an accident for your tracking to be affected. Driving over potholes, speed bumps or hitting curbs can lead to the wheels becoming mis-aligned, as can having suspension repair work on your vehicle. You should always have your tracking checked when you have new tyres fitted; this will ensure they last as long as possible.
Correct wheel alignment is based on manufacturer specifications and provides optimum vehicle handling, making your driving experience as safe as possible. Having your tracking checked regularly will save you money on tyres and on fuel consumption; also your drive will prove smoother with less rolling resistance.
If you notice any of the above problems whilst driving, Setyres recommends that you have your tracking checked for free at one of branches. We can rectify any problems identified - and we'll always consult you before undertaking any work.
Find your nearest Setyres branch here and give us a call to discuss your vehicle tracking queries today.
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