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What is Wheel Alignment
Wheel alignment, or tracking, is the process of ensuring your vehicle's wheels are set to the optimum position, as per the car manufacturer's specifications. The process involves checking the direction and angle of the wheels and it is an important part of vehicles maintenance. Misaligned wheel alignment can cause uneven and rapid tyre wear, and worn suspension units can also ultimately effect the handling and safety of a vehicle and also have a direct impact on the vehicles wheel alignment settings, so regular alignment and suspension inspections are highly recommended. Misalignment of the wheels can also result in poor fuel economy as the vehicle faces resistance on the road surface making the car work much harder to drive along in a straight line which is bad for your wallet and the environment.
The typical signs of incorrect wheel tracking alignment are:
- Uneven or feathered tyre wear
- Steering wheel vibration
- Drag or pulling
- Audible distress while turning corners
Here at National Tyres and Autocare we use the Super tracker STR130RW 6-sensor equipment, and this allows us to make quick and accurate adjustments to your vehicles wheels. Our highly trained technicians can check the Camber, Caster, Thrust Line, Toe in and Toe out dependent on the chosen wheel alignment service.
Please note that we reserve the right to refuse to carry out a wheel alignment if the vehicle's suspension has been modified.
The toe alignment focuses on the angle of your tyres. If a set of wheels either on the front axle or the rear axle are both pointing in, this is toeing-in. If they are both pointing out, then this is toeing-out and in both cases would require an adjustment in order to correct. This would be our standard front or rear wheel alignment service.
Our Four-wheel alignment equipment also comes with the most up to date vehicle adjustment assistance with three dimensional technical support, which assists our technicians in delivering the best service possible.
The Super tracker 6-sensor has one of the most extensive vehicle databases available, castor and toe measurements; is accurate to within 0.01mm and provides our technicians with three dimensional help screens to aid the re-alignment process to give your vehicle the most accurate adjustment possible.
The Super tracker 6-sensor aligner measures multiple angles and compares them to the manufacturers alignment data giving precise and accurate readings. Our technicians can also then provide you with a detailed print-out showing that the vehicle settings have been fully returned to the manufacturers recommendations.
Front wheel alignment can take 30+ minutes and covers toe adjustment to the front wheels only.
Four wheel alignment can take 60+ minutes and covers toe alignment on both the front and rear wheels where possible. Any adjustments to camber and castor (if required) will be charged separately.
Not all vehicles can have their rear toe adjusted due to the vehicle’s design or manufacture, please discuss this with our branch staff.
We reserve the right to refuse a wheel alignment if your vehicle's suspension has been modified.