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Wheel alignment or tracking is one of the most important aspects of ensuring your safety and the safety of your co-passengers. It is found that while preparing a routine checklist of their vehicles, most motorists forget to take wheel alignment into consideration, despite there being so many reasons to keep a keen eye on this parameter.
In your day to day driving, the car suspension has to adjust with heavy weights. Moreover, the car has to cope with heavy impacts such as driving over potholes and other damages on the road, which leave a significant impact on the chassis of the vehicle. And, hence, it is often seen that wheel alignment and other chassis parameters move with time.
Therefore, if you come across any of the below-mentioned symptoms, then do not hesitate to approach our Your Tyres& Auto Care workshop in Nottingham for wheel alignment.
Bad Wheel Alignment Symptoms
- Your vehicle is pulling to one side either to the left or to right.
- Your steering wheel is turning towards one side while you are trying to drive straight.
- The tyres of your vehicle start making squealing sounds when you drive.
These are just some of the symptoms, and ignoring them can affect driving safety and may cause faster and uneven tyre wear. Therefore, to avoid such hazardous situations, it is suggested to opt for wheel alignment as soon as you encounter any above-mentioned symptoms while driving.
Moreover, for safety measures it is recommended to opt for the wheel alignment on regular basis as a part of routine car service and when you have fitted new tyres to your car or undergone suspension repairs.
Explanation of Wheel Alignment
The basic purpose of wheel alignment is to measure and correct the suspension angles of your vehicle in a way that its wheels stand parallel to each other and the vehicle starts running straight once again.
There are three different ways in which wheel alignment can be done:
- Front Alignment/Toe-in and Toe-out Alignment: When the angle of the front tyres of your vehicle is slightly tilted compared to the angle of rear-tyres, then need of front alignment occurs. Generally, when the front part of your vehicle encounters a severe impact, then need of front alignment occurs. For example, if the front of your car has hit an animal or pothole while driving, then you must go for front alignment of your vehicle. In this method, the front axle of your vehicle is measured and adjusted accordingly. If your car/vehicle is suffering from front alignment issue, then after adjusting it, you will feel a significant improvement in your vehicle's road grip, fuel efficiency, and extended tyre life.
- Thrust Alignment: This kind of alignment is needed when your vehicle has encountered a chassis damage or your vehicle has met with an accident wherein its suspension was hit majorly. In this alignment, with the alignment of front-end, the thrust-angles of your vehicle are aligned. After that, all four wheels of your vehicle are squared in respect to each other.
- Four-Wheel Alignment: This kind of wheel alignment is optimal for cars and four-wheel drive vehicles whose all four wheels have independent suspensions. Moreover, four-wheel alignment is recommended for those vehicles that have front-wheel drive and have an adjustable suspension of rear tyres.
Some basic terminology that you may encounter while dealing with wheel alignment issues is:
Wheel Alignment Basic Terminologies
- Camber: A widely used term when talking about wheel alignment is camber. It is basically the angle known as the camber angle which is measured in the degree of difference between the vertical alignments of the wheel perpendicular to the surface. If a wheel of your car is completely perpendicular to the surface, then its camber angle is zero degree, whereas the camber angle is defined as negative when the top of the tyres start tilting inwards. Consequently, when the top of the tyre of your vehicle starts tilting outwards, then the camber angle is considered as positive. However, a negative camber angle is considered good for making turns and it is also experienced that tyres which have a negative camber have a longer life.
- Caster: It is an angle created by the pivot point of the steering from the front to the back of the vehicle. The caster angle is considered as positive when the angle of the line is pointing inwards and negative if it is pointing backwards. A positive caster makes your vehicle more stable at higher speeds.
At our workshop, we use the latest technology to provide the best solution to our customers for all wheel alignment issues. After our service, our customers experience a safe and comfortable drive.
Wheel Alignment in Nottingham - Your Tyres& Auto Care