What is wheel alignment?
Wheel Alignment, which is occasionally referred to as tracking, is the method of confirming that the wheels of your vehicle are set to their best position as instructed in the specifications for the make and model. Wheel alignment is required for all vehicles including cars and vans of all sizes, at some point.
How is wheel alignment carried out?
Alignment is not as simple as it sounds. It’s a fairly complex process that includes bringing the suspension in to its correct configuration, then positioning and adjusting the relevant components so that they are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the floor. The alignment must always be carried out by a knowledgeable technician who is in possession of a specialist machine.
The newer machines feature devices that are attached to the wheels of the car and link in to a computer to ensure that all measurements are precise.
Why do I need wheel alignment?
Alignment reduces wear and tear on your tyres and pulling when driving which can affect the handling and safety. In addition, aligned wheels ensure better fuel economy.
You can knock your wheels out of alignment by driving into potholes or knocking the kerb; which we all do at some point so it’s really important you have your car checked annually to ensure you are not only safe but prolonging the life of your tyres – interestingly by up to 12,000 miles.
We hope this article has been of use. Should you need your wheels aligned please contact our garage. We service cars from Ilford, Barkingside and surrounding areas and would love to help you.