What is Wheel Alignment?
Wheel alignment, or car wheel tracking, is the process of setting a vehicle’s wheels to point in the correct direction, as specified by the vehicle manufacturer. This position is formulated based on the design of the steering and suspension of the vehicle and will enable your wheels to provide optimal handling.
Wheel alignment is measured by checking the angles of all four wheels to ensure that they still remain in the position specified by the vehicle manufacturer. If they do not, they can be adjusted easily – which is where our wheel alignment service comes in.
How to check wheel alignment
You should have your wheel alignment checked every 12,000 – 15,000 miles and after you have any work carried out to your suspension, steering, wheels or tyres. It only takes small impacts such as hitting a kerb or driving over a pothole to offset your wheel alignment. Therefore, you should book a wheel alignment check if you notice any of the following:
- Your tyres are wearing abnormally or unevenly.
- Your vehicle pulls to one side when driving.
- Your steering wheel remains at an angle when driving in a straight line.
- Your steering wheel does not return easily after a turn.