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Wheel Alignment



Correct wheel alignment ensures the wheels on your car are set to the correct angle in relation to the road surface and the other wheels on the car. Properly aligned wheels have several benefits, including improved handling and stability, as well as reduced tyre wear and better fuel efficiency, so it’s important to make sure your wheel alignment is correct.

Wheel alignment problems can happen for a number of different reasons, such as driving over a pothole or dropping off a kerb. You might not even realise it’s happened at first, but there are a number of tell-tale signs you can look out for. These include:

  • The steering wheel is no longer straight – When the steering wheel is in its neutral position, if the car drives to one side rather than straight ahead, this could indicate there is a problem with the alignment. You can also carry out this test the opposite way round and note whether the steering wheel is crooked when driving in a straight line.
  • Uneven tyre wear – Normally, tyres should wear evenly across the tread block. This means that the tyre has even contact with the road. However, if you notice that the inside edge of the tyre is wearing more quickly than the outside, or vice versa, this could suggest that the tyre is not making full contact with the road, which could be a result of wheel misalignment.
  • The steering pulls to one side – If your car pulls to the left or right, or it regularly drifts one way or the other on a straight section of road or when the brakes are applied, this could be another sign of misaligned wheels.

To reduce the risk of alignment problems, we recommend that you have your wheel alignment checked and, if required, corrected, every 12 months or every 12,000-15,000 miles - whichever comes first. This can help prolong the life of your tyres and reduce the strain on the suspension components.

Normal alignment methods use manual measurements to adjust the position of the front wheels, while our advanced wheel alignment technology corrects all four wheels using a series of laser sensors. These sensors are used to measure the main alignment angles on your vehicle, allowing our team of experts to quickly identify and adjust even the slightest misalignment including the front and rear camber and toe angles. The position and angle of each wheel is then compared with the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation and adjusted as required, ensuring the alignment of each wheel is perfect before you drive away.

Contact The Auto Workshop & Autocentres now for peace of mind on 0121 359 8637