Wheel Alignment

Wheel Alignment or tracking, is important for good road holding and to maximise the life of the tyres. Hitting a kerb or driving at speed through a pot hole can result in misalignment. To have your wheels aligned by us simply book an appointment using the "Book Now" option at the bottom of this page.

Our web wheel alignment offer is for the 2 front wheels to be aligned. This is due to the fact that although every modern car can have its front wheels adjusted.

For most cars aligning the front wheels will resolve many of the uneven tyre wear problems. However there will be some cases where all 4 wheels will need to be aligned. On checking your vehicle our Autocentres can advise on requirements and if adjustments can be made will advise of the additional cost.

The direction and angle at which tyres are set are both important. Wheel alignment involves checking the direction and angle against vehicle manufacturers' specifications and are both equally important. You may hear these described as toe in, toe out, positive camber or negative camber.

The "Toe" refers to whether the front of the tyres across an axle 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.

The "Camber" is the inward or outward tilt of a tyre and is specified by the vehicle manufacturer. It can be affected by potholes in the road and needs to be checked regularly to see if any adjustment is required.

Incorrect wheel alignment can result in rapid wearing on the edges of the tyre and could affect the handling on the vehicle and certainly mean a replacement earlier than would otherwise be required. An example reading would be 2-4-4mm or as in the image (below right) 2-1-0mm.

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