Wheel Alignment

On most vehicles, the front wheels don't point in the right direction. It takes only a small misalignment to create problems, this can happen during normal driving.

To steer straight ahead, you would have to steer the front wheels slightly to the one side. A common result would be that the vehicle would "dog track" and possibly "pull" to the side.

Improved Handling

Does your car pull to one side or the steering wheel vibrates or you constantly have to move the steering wheel to keep your car travelling straight ahead? Many handling problems can be corrected by wheel alignment. With all the system components aligned properly, road shock is more efficiently absorbed for a smoother ride.

Why Four Wheel Alignment?

Reduced Tyre Wear. Improper alignment is a major cause of premature tyre wear. Over the years, a properly aligned vehicle can add thousands of miles to tyre life reducing your costs.

Better Fuel Economy

Fuel consumption increases as rolling resistance increases. Total alignment sets all four wheels in parallel which, along with proper inflation, minimizes rolling resistance. With fuel costs rapidly rising, you need to make sure you costs are reduced as much as possible.

Safer Driving

A suspension system inspection is part of our alignment procedure. This allows us to spot worn parts before they cause costly problems.

Here's what we do:

For vehicles with non-adjustable rear suspensions

Angle readings are measured at all four wheels.

The steering wheel is centred.

Front wheels are aligned to the rear wheels and set to specifications.

Result: All four wheels are parallel and the steering wheel is centred.

For vehicles with adjustable rear suspensions.

Angle readings are made at all four wheels.

Rear wheels are set to specification. (Rear thrust line corresponds to the vehicle centreline.)

Steering wheel is centred.

Front wheels are referenced to rear thrust line and set to specifications.

Result: All four wheels are parallel and the steering wheel is centred.

Important Questions About Wheel Alignment

Q. How important is wheel alignment?

A. Think of it this way. Research indicates that the average car is driven about 12,000 miles per year. A car with toe alignment just 0.34 degrees (Just 0.17 inches) out of specification has dragged its tyres sideways for more than 68 miles by the end of the year!

Q. What are the "symptoms" of a car that's out of alignment?

A. Have your car checked if you notice:

Excessive or uneven tyre wear.

Steering wheel pulls to the left or right.

Feeling of looseness or wandering.

Steering wheel vibration or shimmy.

Steering wheel is not centered when car is moving straight ahead.

Q. How often should I have my car aligned?

A. Follow the vehicle manufacturer's recommendation noted in your owner's manual. But, as a general rule, have your vehicle's tyres checked every 10,000 miles or at least once a year.

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