Wheel Alignment Geometry

 

What is Wheel Alignment Geometry?

Wheel Geometry Alignment consists of adjusting the angles of wheels to the manufacturer’s specifications. The purpose of these adjustments is to ensure your vehicle travels straight. Incorrect wheel alignment not only affects your road holding and balance, but it can also cause your tyres and brakes to wear out faster.

Is Wheel Alignment the same as Balancing?

No, Alignment and balancing are two very different processes. Rebalancing tyres is a process of attaching small weights, just fractions of ounces, to the wheel. Rebalancing is done by a tyre fitter after new tyres have been fitted and the tyre-balancing machine that detects imbalance in the tyre/wheel.

Signs of a poor wheel alignment

• The vehicle pulls to one side
• The steering wheel does not return to centre
• Your steering wheel sits off-centre
• Excessive and uneven tyre wear
• Vibration through the steering wheel
• Loose steering
• Reduced fuel economy
• Poor braking performance

Symptoms of poor wheel alignment

• You hit a curb or go over a bump at a high speed
• Driving through potholes and damaged roads
• Driving on underinflated tyres
• Wear and tear of suspension components such as springs, shocks, struts and mounts
• Minor vehicle collisions.
• Vehicle modifications such as lifting the height or adjusting the suspension

What do you do during Wheel Alignment Geometry?

Using our state-of-the-art equipment, our alignment sensors measure the alignment angles (Camber, Caster & Toe) and the tyre pressure so adjustments can be made as per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Camber
This is the vertical tilt of a vehicles wheels when viewed from the front. Incorrect camber will impact acceleration and cornering of your vehicle.

Caster
Caster refers to the slope of the steering axis. Faults with this angle affect the steering wheel and will lead to poor vehicle handling.

Toe
Toe refers to the angle at which the wheels move inward or outward when observed from a bird’s-eye-view.

Maintaining the correct wheel alignment means that your tyres are work harmoniously at the same speed and direction; essentially your vehicle will have better traction and grip, whilst preventing premature wear and tear on your tread.

Contact us today on 01582 968995 to see how we can save you wear & tear and money in the long term by taking advantage of our Wheel Alignment Geometry service.