Laws Tyres Aberdeen - Specialist Services
Wheel alignment, or tracking, is the process of ensuring your vehicle’s wheels are set to the optimum position, as per the car manufacturer’s specifications.
Incorrect alignment can result in rapid irregular tyre wear and can even affect the handling and safety of the vehicle.
Wheel alignment problems can be caused by hitting a kerb, driving into a pothole in the road or by excessive wear to steering or suspension components. It is important to get your wheel alignment checked annually to ensure you get the most out of your tyres. Checking your wheel alignment regularly can prolong the life of your tyres by up to 12,000 miles and increase fuel efficiency due to the reduced rolling resistance with the road – saving you pounds at the pump. Keep an eye out for unusual wear on your tyres, such as premature wear on the inside or outside shoulder, which could be a sign of incorrect alignment. Laws Tyres offers a free wheel alignment check so stop in if you need any help.
Common reasons for poor alignment:
A common problem that causes misalignment is the Camber Angle. The camber is the angle of lean in or out of the road wheel from the true vertical. Positive camber is when the wheel leans out from the true vertical
- This can cause the vehicle to understeer resulting in loss of grip whilst cornering
- Negative camber is when the wheel leans in from the true vertical
- This can cause the vehicle to oversteer resulting in greater grip on cornering
- Incorrect camber can cause the following:
- Smooth wear on the edges of tyres
- Excessive wheel bearing wear
- Pulling to one side
- Poor handling
Another common cause of poor alignment is the Caster Angle. The caster is the forward or rearward tilt of the steering axis, in reference to the vertical when viewed from the vehicle side. This angle can be described as the line that the wheel will always follow and is most effective in controlling straight line stability at road speeds (vehicle motion).
Positive caster is where the steering axis is sloped towards the rear
Negative caster (not common) is where the steering axis is sloped towards the front
Thrust angle / axis
This is measured on the rear axle. Incorrect thrust angle can cause the following:
- Misaligned steering wheel
- Excessive rear tyre wear
- Poor handling of vehicle
- Understeer / oversteer
- Vehicle crabbing
Laws Tyres use the latest Super Tracker technology to get the job done, this system also comes with a peinted report so you can see the before and after results.