Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment is hugely important to help optimise the condition and performance of your vehicle. Incorrect wheel alignment can cause irregular tyre wear, drastically shortening the potential life of your tyres. The purpose of wheel alignment is to ensure all that all four wheels point in the exact same direction by way of measuring and adjusting the steering and suspension within the manufacturer's specifications. Having your wheels correctly aligned can improve handling, reduce tyre wear and improve fuel consumption - ultimately saving you money and contributing to a safer driving experience.

What is wheel alignment?

The term "wheel alignment" involves three main measurements: caster, camber, and toe.

The term "wheel alignment" involves three main measurements: caster, camber, and toe.  Toe is a measurement of how much the wheels on a vehicle, turn in or out - how far away they are from the straight position they should be in.
Toe:
is a measurement of how much the wheels on a vehicle, turn in or out - how far away they are from the straight position they should be in.
The term "wheel alignment" involves three main measurements: caster, camber, and toe.  Camber is the vertical tilt of the wheel and controls how much of the surface area is in contact with the road.
Camber:
is the vertical tilt of the wheel and controls how much of the surface area is in contact with the road.
The term "wheel alignment" involves three main measurements: caster, camber, and toe.  Caster is the angle of the steering pivot. This affects the steering stability so if out of adjustment, this will cause problems controlling the car.
Caster:
is the angle of the steering pivot. This affects the steering stability so if out of adjustment, this will cause problems controlling the car.

How do wheels become misaligned?

Simple things can cause your wheels to become misaligned. Hitting kerbs or potholes are common contributors, as well as more severe circumstances like accidents. Major work carried out on your vehicle is also likely to affect the wheel alignment, especially if your vehicles suspension or steering components are replaced or repaired.

When should wheel alignment be checked?

As a general rule you should have your wheel alignment checked once a year or every 12-15,000 miles. You should always have your vehicle alignment checked in the below instances, for your own and other driver's safety:

  • Your vehicle has hit a kerb, pot hole or major road hazard
  • Your tyres are wearing abnormally or unevenly
  • When you buy a new set of tyres
  • When you replace suspension or steering components
  • You experience steering or handling problems, such as: pulling or drifting to one side, the steering wheel does not return easily after a turn or the steering wheel remains at an angle when driving in a straight line

Call your nearest tyre fitting centre and our fully trained technicians will be happy to help you with any wheel alignment queries you might have.

Currently the following branches in The Tyre Group offer Wheel Alignment service:

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