How to identify tracking issues with your car

As a car owner, it is important to be able to distinguish between a service and a MOT. A service will check for wear and tear and parts/fluids will be replaced where necessary, whereas the MOT is there to provide a safety inspection to ensure roadworthiness. 

If you are thinking to yourself "When should my car be serviced?", you will be interested to know that recommended car servicing intervals vary by make and model of the car; however, as a rule, it is recommended that your car should undergo a full service every 12 months or 12,000 miles - whichever occurs first.

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What happens if your car fails its MOT?

If your car fails its MOT, the garage will issue you with a VT30 certificate outlining the factors that caused the failure of the test. There is no time limit as to when a retest must be carried out. This is entirely up to the discretion of the individual; however, it is crucial to remember that any vehicle that does not have a current MOT certificate cannot be used on the road, apart from when going for repairs or to a pre-arranged MOT test. 
You can get free MOT retests at your local Protyre garage if your car failed its MOT first time.

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Tracking issues

If you find your tyres seem to be wearing quicker than usual, this may be a sign of a problem with your car's wheel alignment, also known as 'tracking'. Incorrect alignment could also mean that you experience crooked/unstable steering, pulling from the steering wheel, or a steering wheel that is not level when driving. Your steering wheel may also stay at an angle even when driving in a straight line and your tyres may squeal occasionally.

There are many factors that may cause wheel misalignment, including worn suspension springs, incorrect adjustments and general wear and tear. Wheel misalignment is also quite common after accidents or even after hitting a pothole or bumping a curb. 

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Protyre offer a number of free checks to keep your vehicle safe and on the road. Click the button below to book an alignment check.

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Getting your vehicle's wheels aligned regularly - every 10,000 miles or two years - is recommended and provides the following benefits:
  • Enhanced vehicle handling.
  • Increased fuel efficiency.
  • Reduced repair costs.
  • Slower tyre wear.
  • Improved vehicle safety.
Front wheel alignment costs an average of just under £35, depending on the make and model of the car. Remember that it is usually more expensive at a registered dealership than one of our trusted local Protyre garages.

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About the author

David Sholicar

David is the National Retail Operations Manager for Protyre. One of David’s areas of responsibility and expertise is dealing with the DVSA and MOT’s for Protyre. As the Authorised Examiner Designate Manager ( AEDM ) David deals with applications for changes to the many Vehicle Testing Stations ( VTS’s) including managing the growth of the Number of MOT testing stations that Protyre operate, allocating MOT tester roles, and monitoring the MOT Test logs to ensure that Protyre MOT standards are maintained as the best in the industry. David handles the relationships with our parts suppliers to ensure that Protyre only fit the best quality servicing parts, brake parts, and other aftermarket quality parts at the right price. David is also involved in ensuring that all technicians are trained or assessed to carry out the work completed in all centres, and that Protyre has a robust Quality control ( QC) Procedure in all centres. David is also involved in developing the customer service standards and customer service training for all Protyre team members to ensure that all Protyre customers can expect the highest levels of customer service. At Protyre we believe we have the highest levels of customer service excellence that can be found, not only in the garage industry, but also when compared to other retail organisations. Another area of expertise is David’s involvement in developing Protyre Operational, Environmental, and safe working procedures. David has worked for some of the UK’s best retailers and this expertise has been a key component in helping develop Protyre into a highly respected company within the fast fit industry. David’s mission is ensuring that Protyre is the local garage that you can trust.

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