Wheel alignment is also sometimes referred to as wheel tracking
and should be part of standard vehicle maintenance undertaken. This involves adjusting the angles of the wheels to the recommended position as outlined in a vehicle's manufacturer specification. It
contributes to the reduction of tyre wear and to ensure the optimum performance and handling of the vehicle on the road.
All new vehicles are sold with their wheels correctly aligned
and adjusted, drivers should undertake initial checks on their new vehicle within the first 3 months; this will minimise the possibility of the tyre specifications drifting outside of the
manufacturer's guidelines. Failure to check this may lead to unnecessary pulling or wear on the tyre. Drivers may not notice potential defects at first but after time it can cause lasting damage.
Typical side effects are steering vibration which can cause driver fatigue through constant pressure or the vehicle pulling to one side.
Tyre wear is not the only area of the vehicle that can suffer if
correct wheel alignment is not set, braking distance, driving quality and even fuel economy are all affected.
Typical signs of incorrect wheel tracking:
- Uneven or feathered tyre wear
- Steering wheel vibration
- Drag or pulling
- Audible distress while turning corners
Incorrect wheel alignment, can also apply undue pressure to
tyres which can cause them to lean into one another. When that happens your vehicle faces resistance on the road surface making the car work much harder to drive along in a straight line therefore
burning up more fuel than normal which is bad for your wallet and the environment.
The expert technicians at BTS use Absolute Alignment equipment,
which offers a fast and accurate system for your front wheels, and is considered one of the most trusted equipment in the UK. An additional charge is incurred if the customer requires extra
adjustments, staff will agree this in advance of any work undertaken.