Since the car was invented it has been important that all four wheels point in the same direction!
We are pleased to announce a great new service! Four Wheel Laser Alignment.
Four Wheel Alignment saves you ££’s and much more! It saves your money, fuel and tyres in one step.
We have invested in a new set of state of the art tools so that we can offer you this new service.
Cars are built for comfort, performance and handling. To keep the best ride possible, the steering and suspension needs to be measured and adjusted within the motor manufacturer’s specifications. This can only be done by measuring all four wheels and having a proper full four wheel alignment measurement.
If only the fronts are set straight and the rear wheels remain out of alignment (and not adjusted), your car could still suffer tyre wear, pulling and a crooked steering wheel.
How Does It Get Out Of Alignment?
On all vehicles the geometry can move out of alignment, this is commonly known as misalignment. There are several reasons why cars become misaligned:
- Through everyday driving
- Hitting a pothole
- Worn suspension parts
- It may have been wrongly adjusted previously
Why Bother To Fix It?
There are lots of benefits such as:
- Reduced tyre wear
- Better fuel consumption
- Saves money & environment
- Improved handling
- Safer driving
- Checks help to spot potential problems with the cars suspension
How do I know if my car wheels are out of alignment?
- Uneven tyre wear on the fronts or the rears
- The car pulls to the left and right
- A crooked steering wheel
How often should the alignment be checked?
As a general rule it is wise to have your alignment checked;
- every 12,000 – 15,000 miles or at least once a year
- You knowingly hit a kerb or pothole
- New tyres are fitted
- Steering and suspension components are replaced
- If the vehicle has been involved in any form of accident or collision
What is the difference between Tracking and Four Wheel Alignment?
- Tracking tends to check measurement and adjustment on the front wheels, for the ‘Toe’ angle only.
- Tracking on the fronts does not take in account the direction in which the rear wheels are pointing.
- If the rears are out of alignment, the car may pull and tyres could still wear.
- Tracking uses gauges (usually the hang-on style) where the mechanic looks through a ‘scope’ or views a light/laser beam on a scale.
Four Wheel Alignment measures a minimum of 12 angles and compares them to the alignment data specified by the vehicle manufacturer.
With such accurate readings, Four Wheel Alignment allows toe adjustments of individual wheels which ensure the steering wheel is set straight. More tweaks of camber, caster and other angles can make sure of the best performance and savings.
If you’re experiencing uneven tyre wear, poor fuel economy, pulling to one side when driving or a crooked steering wheel then have a chat with one of our mechanics and they will advise you accordingly.