Is Wheel Alignment Important?

Wheel alignment also known as tracking refers to the angle and direction at which the wheels are set.

By having your wheels correctly aligned you benefit from a more even wear and a longer lifespan for your tyres. Wheel alignment problems are often caused by hitting a pothole or kerb, in turn placing an increased load on steering and suspension components.
Vehicle suspension misalignment can result in rapid irregular tyre wear, poor handling and reduced vehicle safety and occurs when the suspension and the steering system are not working at their correct angles.

What to look for

  • Uneven wear on your tyres (premature wear on the inside or outside shoulder)
  • Steering wheel vibration
  • Drag or pulling
  • Audible distress while turning corners
  • Poor fuel consumption

Wheel alignment positions

  • Wheel alignment positions are referred to as ‘toe in’, ‘toe out’ and ‘positive camber’ or ‘negative camber’
  • ‘Toe’ relates to the front of the tyres and indicates whether they are closer or further apart than the back of the tyres
  • ‘Camber’ is the inward or outward tilt of a tyre – i.e. whether the top is further in or out than the bottom of the tyre

What are the benefits of correct alignment

There are many benefits of correct wheel alignment, below are the key points:

  • Prolongs the life of tyres
  • Increase stability in severe weather and on bad roads
  • Improves fuel consumption
  • Reduces suspension parts wear

Pointing you in the right direction

On a car with 15” wheels, if your suspension is misaligned by 4mm (just 2mm per wheel), the tyre is being forced sideways by 8.4m (24ft) for every mile you travel. Make sure you watch out for this when you visually check your tyres.

At Protyre we’re here to help

We offer a variety of Free Safety Checks to keep you on the road. We offer a variety of Free Safety Checks to keep you on the road. Take advantage of our free alignment check to ensure you get the most out of your tyres. Our trained technicians will use state of the art laser alignment machines to adjust the angles of the wheels to the recommended position as outlined in the vehicle’s manufacturer specification.

Don’t forget the alignment of your vehicle should be checked every 6,000 miles, whenever new tyres or suspension components are installed or whenever unusual tyre wear patterns appear. You should also consider having your alignment checked after your vehicle has encountered any form of road incident like hitting a curb.
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