In its most basic form, a wheel alignment consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. The purpose of these adjustments is maximum tyre life and a vehicle that tracks straight and true when driving along a straight and level road.
Wheel Alignment is often confused with Wheel Balancing. The two really have nothing to do with each other except for the fact that they affect ride and handling. If a wheel is out of balance, it will cause a vibration at highway speeds that can be felt in the steering wheel and/or the seat. If the alignment is out, it can cause excessive tyre wear and steering or tracking problems.
Advantages of Laser Wheel Allignment
Saves you money
Saves on fuel
Saves on tyres
Improves driving safety
Improves vehicle handling
Helps the environment
Here are five reasons why, getting regular wheel alignment is good for your car, your bank account, and your peace of mind.
1: Better mileage.
When your wheels are aligned properly, it cuts down on rolling resistance, which means that you car doesn't have to work as hard or burn as much fuel in order to move forward. This is good news for everyone: Not only do you spend less money on gas, but you also get the satisfaction of knowing your car is responsible for less pollution.
2: More mileage out of your tires.
Even the slightest problem with your wheel alignment can have disastrous effects on your tires. If your tires have too much or too little toe-in (the degree at which they point in toward each other at the front, like a person who stands pigeon-toed), a narrow strip on each tire will wear down very quickly, causing you to have to get new tires sooner. By getting regular wheel alignment, you ensure that your tires wear evenly, making them last as long as possible.
3: Tire warranties still apply.
The problem with your tires wearing from poor wheel alignment is that it usually voids your warranty on the tires. Most warranties only apply to the quality of the goods. In other words, if the tires wear out too soon because of something other than poor quality, then the manufacturer is not responsible. Failing to get wheel alignments often enough is considered to be negligence on the part of the vehicles owner, and usually means that the warranty is voided.
4: Less wear and tear on other parts.
Having the wheels out of alignment can be stressful on the rest of the vehicle, too. It means that you continually need to put pressure on the steering system in order to keep the car straight, and when you brake you often feel the vehicle pull even more sharply, indicating that the brakes are needing to work harder on one side than the other.
5: Easier to drive.
One of the biggest advantages of having your wheels aligned properly is that your vehicle is easier to drive. No annoying pull to one side or the other. It's much easier and more pleasant to drive a vehicle that has had regular wheel alignments.
As you can see, there are many reasons why a vehicle owner should be sure to get regular wheel alignments. Not only does having your wheels aligned properly save you money on fuel, tires, and other potential repairs, but it also gives you better peace of mind to know that your vehicle is being cared for properly.
What is a Wheel Alignment Service?
Every vehicle has a different combination of camber, castor and toe measurements. These must be correctly measured, interpreted and adjusted by an expert. Our state of the art system will have your vehicle's specifications, as recommended by the manufacturer, available for reference to ensure the best possible results.
Our services include:
1. Standard Alignment (LGV)
Front wheel alignment angles are measured and adjusted to manufacturer’s specification. A full colour print-out of the before and after results are given to all clients for their records.
2. Four Wheel Alignment (LGV)
Front and rear wheel alignment angles are measured and all four wheels are adjusted according to manufacturer’s specification. A full colour print-out of the before and after results are given to all clients for their records.
3. Standard Alignment (HGV)
Front wheel alignment angles are measured and adjusted with our specialised laser equipment by our trained technicians. A full report is available on request.
4. Four Wheel Alignment (HGV)
Four wheel alignment angles are measured and adjusted with our specialised laser equipment by our trained technicians. A full report is available on request.