Wheel alignment, or tracking is a procedure which ensures a vehicles wheels are located and fixed into an optimal position as per the manufacturers specifications. An incorrect alignment can result in rapid irregular tyre wear and can even effect the handling of the vehicle whilst driving, which in turn can make the vehicle unsafe.

Wheel misalignment can be caused by the tyre hitting a kerb, driving into pothole or by excessive wear to steering or suspension components. You should have your wheel alignment checked annually to make sure you get the most out of your tyres. By having your tyres checked, it can prolong the life of your tyres by up to 12,000 miles and increases the fuel efficiency which will save you pounds at the fuel pump.

Important!

Keep an eye on unusual wear and tear on your tyres, such as a premature wear on the inside or outside of your tyre. This could be sign of incorrect alignment. If your wheels are not alligned correctly you may experience: uneven or rapid tyre wear, drifting away from a straight line or a steering wheel that is not at the 12 o’clock position when driving straight. Our team at Queen Street Garage will ensure that your vehicle is aligned accurately and efficiently!

What happens if your wheels are misaligned?

If your suspension is misaligned by just a fraction (approximately 2mm per wheel), then every mile you travel the tyre is being forced sideways by the equivalent of 8.4 metres (28 feet) on a car with 15” wheels, causing excessive wear on your tyres. By ensuring that your wheels are correctly aligned, you can add thousands of miles to the life of your tyres.

How wheel alignment is achieved

To carry out the actual wheel alignment service, our experienced mechanic and our top of the range alignment machine will ensure this procedure is achieved correctly and safely. Featuring the clamp like devices that attach directly to the car’s wheels, the modern alignment machine links up to the computer that takes the specific measurements of the car’s suspension system and current wheel alignment. During this time, our qualified mechanic will assess the suspension components to check for excessive wear or broken parts.

Cars are becoming increasingly complex, but it makes no difference how sophisticated your engine, design and on-board computer system are: your vehicle simply won’t work properly if the wheels don’t all point in the same direction.