Alignment & balancing of the wheels and tyres
Does your car move to the left or to the right if you release the steering wheel on a straight road? Then it's time to have your alignment checked. Alignment means that the suspension parts are adjusted at the front and at the back. Improper alignment can cause premature wear of the tyres
The alignment must be checked if:
Why is alignment so important?
With most cars, the alignment is such that wear and load are reduced to a minimum, and the driver and his passengers can enjoy optimum comfort. A correct alignment of the four wheels ensures that the tyres wear out less quickly. They last longer, improve performance and also help you save fuel. Wheel alignment also improves road handling and safety because your car will pull less or swing sideways.
What is the difference between alignment and balancing of the wheels?
Alignment and balancing of the tyres are often confused but are two completely different concepts: Controlling the alignment or geometry of the car means that the wheels are adjusted until they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. Balancing a tyre means that the wheel can roll without your car vibrating at certain speeds.
How is it that an alignment gets disrupted?
The alignment can be disrupted if you hit a curb or drive through a pit or, even worse, if you are involved in an accident. In short,
every time your car collides with something, the alignment can get disrupted. A misalignment causes the tyres to wear out faster and influences the handling of your car. You will, therefore, have to replace your tyres sooner than anticipated.
A small disruption can cause serious problems Correct alignment guarantees optimum road holding and maximum service life for your tyres.
The main reasons for having correct alignment:
An alignment takes between 30 and 60 minutes.
The costs depend a bit on the vehicle age and model, but we can assure you, our prices are fair.
We will certainly inform you about the exact costs for the alignment before we start our work.
During the alignment, the wheels are checked according to the specifications of the car manufacturer.
Expressions such as toe-in, toe-out or positive or negative wheel flight sound worse than they are. For our alignment specialists, a line-out is a very simple job.
How is the alignment of the wheels regulated?
The most important things that are being adjusted are the wheel flight, caster and track. During the alignment, the corners of the wheels are adjusted to their track and their wheel flight corrected.
The wheel flight is the angle that the wheel makes when you are standing right in front of your car. If that angle is too large, it causes irregular wear:
Positive wheel flight means that the top of the wheel is further out than the bottom. Too much positive camber causes the outside of the tyres to wear out. In the event of a negative wheel flight, the tops of the wheels are facing each other. Too much negative wheel flight causes the inside of the tyres to wear out.
The caster angle is determined for each car to give the tyre the greatest possible contact area with the road surface in a bend. If the difference between the caster angles of your front wheels is too large, your vehicle will clearly pull to one side.
The track is the difference in distance between the front and rear of the two wheels of the same axle. The vehicle is viewed from above. Toe-in or toe-out influence the handling of the car in the corners.
Toe-in means that the front edges of the tyres are closer together. This causes understeering in corners. Too much toe-in causes faster wear, starting from the outside.
The expression "Toe-out" means that the backs of the tyres are closer together. This causes over-steering in the corners and gives the feeling that the car "slips" in the bend. If the toe-out is too large, the tyre will start to wear on the inside.
This wear is typical. A rubber build-up occurs on the tread of the tyre that you can feel if you stroke it with your hand.
We hope you have found this information helpful. As wheel alignment is a very complex topic, you might still have some more questions.
If you have any queries or would like to get your vehicle's alignment checked, please get in touch with us.
We will be happy to look after your vehicle. See you soon
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