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4 Wheel Alignment

How much is it ?

Pricing is based on adjustment, this is charged at £48 for front adjusted, same for rear. If we can’t adjust or it isn’t needed an £24 assessment fee applies 

What is included?

Adjustment of the vehicle components required to set the alignment straight not including anything that is seized and unable to move with force or heat. Height adjustment for coilovers, likewise corner weighting is not included

What is not included ?

Adjustment of seized vehicle components & any replacement parts needed to complete an alignment. We will stop an alignment if the bolts as an example are just twisting in the bush, other companies may adjust set and charge you but we won’t as when you drive it, it’ll just spring back. Height adjustment for coilovers, likewise corner weighting is not included

Car Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment (sometimes called tracking) is an important piece of car maintenance that ensures your car’s wheels are giving their best performance in terms of handling, fuel economy, ride comfort and even tyre life.

Thanks to advances in the technology used to measure wheel alignment, a computerised alignment can have your wheels back to the precise positioning that they were when they left the factory, and our standard wheel alignment use lasers to ensure a good alignment for your car.

Why does my car need a wheel alignment?

A car’s wheels go out of alignment from everyday use, but knocks and bumps caused by potholes or ‘curbing’ your car can have an immediate effect on your car’s tracking.

Even though you might not immediately notice the effect to your car, even having wheels that are misaligned by a small amount can have an impact on your car’s fuel economy and tyre wear, however the further out of alignment your tracking is, the more noticeable the impact will be.

While the two are often confused, wheel alignment is not the same as wheel balancing

What is wheel alignment?

Wheel alignment dictates the angles at which your car makes contact with the road. For the best performance you ideally want to have as much of the surface area of the tyre to be in contact with the ground as possible.

There are three main types of wheel alignment that should all be adjusted to get the optimal performance from your car:

Toe Alignment

Toe Alignment featuring Toe in and Toe Out

  • Toe is measures how much a pair of wheels are turned in or out from a straight ahead position.
  • Toe alignment can be carried out on the front wheels alone or the front and rear wheels.
  • You will feel your car ‘pulling’ to one side if the toe alignment is out.

Camber Alignment

Camber alignment including Positive and Negative Camber

  • Camber is the vertical tilt of the wheel
  • If the camber is out of alignment it will cause the tyre tread to wear excessively on the edge
  • If the camber is different from wheel to wheel it can cause your vehicle to pull to one side
  • Camber misalignment may not be adjustable on all cars. If the camber alignment is out on these vehicles it may indicate that something is worn or bent and should be inspected more closely.

Caster Alignment

Positive and negative caster alignment

  • Caster alignment is the angle of the steering pivot when viewed from the side of the vehicle
  • Caster has little effect on tyre wear, but it affects steering stability
  • If the caster is out of adjustment, it can cause problems in straight line tracking
  • If the caster is equal but too negative, the steering will be light and the vehicle will wander
  • If the caster is equal but too positive, the steering will be heavy and the steering wheel may kick when you hit a bump

How can you tell if your wheels are out of alignment?

Chances are that you won’t be able to see whether your wheels are misaligned just from looking at the steering and suspension components, but there are a few signs you can look out for if you suspect your tracking is off:

Pulling to one side

A common complaint of wheel misalignment is that the car might ‘pull to one side’ while driving, even when the steering wheel is level. This is often most noticeable while driving on a motorway or other long, straight roads.

Uneven tyre wear

Ideally, when a tyre is inflated to manufacturer’s specifications it should wear evenly over time, however misaligned wheel tracking can speed up wear over specific areas- most commonly on one of the tyre’s edges.