Wheel Alignment

Wheel Alignment Information

Wheel alignment is a standard part of car maintenance and consists of adjusting the angles of the wheel that are to the manufacturers' specification. The main reason for these adjustments to the wheel alignment is to ensure that the vehicle travels straight and to reduce uneven tire wear. For most road-going cars, having the wheel alignment set so that the car does have even tire wear is the norm. Wheel alignment can be affected by driving against a kerb or hitting a pothole. So, it is important that wheel alignment is set properly to ensure a smooth ride and to get the most out of your tyres. Uneven wear on tyres is normally caused by incorrect wheel alignment.

Setting the correct wheel alignment differs from car to car. There are two main set of adjustments that are made, they are:

  • Toe: Toe refers to whether to front of the tyres is further away or closer than the rear part of the tyres.
  • Camber: Camber is the tilt of the tyre either inward or outward. The camber angle is set by the manufacturer and is mainly affected by hitting potholes in the road.

Having correctly fitted wheels are tyres are all important for not only handling of a car but also road safety. It is always worth checking your tyres regularly for uneven wear as this can be caused by the wheel alignment being slightly out.

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