Incorrect alignment can result in rapid tyre wear and can affect the handling and safety of the vehicle.
Wheel alignment, or tracking, is the process of ensuring your vehicle’s wheels are set to the optimum position, as per the car manufacturer’s specifications, so that tyres wear evenly. Incorrect wheel alignment can be caused by hitting a kerb, driving into a pothole in the road or by excessive wear to steering or suspension components. It is important to get your wheel alignment checked annually to ensure you get the most out of your tyres.
Misalignment positions are often described as:-
- toe in
- toe out
“Toe” refers to whether the front of the tyres are closer or further apart than the rear of the tyres. Different types of vehicles need different toe settings to allow for the way that wheels pull either towards each other or apart.
- positive camber
- negative camber.
“Camber” is the inward or outward tilt of a tyre. The camber is set by the vehicle manufacturer, and can be affected by potholes in the road and may need to be adjusted periodically.
Megalign wheel alignment at The Tyre Shop
We use Megalign wheel alignment technology in our workshop. This service is part of our turn-up-and-fit policy and can be completed whether or not we are changing tyres.
It’s worth keeping an eye out for unusual wear on your tyres, such as premature wear on the inside or outside shoulder, which could be a sign of incorrect alignment.
Correctly aligned tyres can add up to 12,000 miles to the life of your tyres and fuel efficiency will increase due to the reduced rolling resistance with the road – saving you pounds at the pump.