Wheel alignment / tracking
Incorrect alignment can result in increased tyre wear and can even affect the safety and handling of your vehicle. Your wheel alignment can be affected by driving against kerbs, hitting a pothole in the road or by excessive wear to steering or suspension. Wheel alignment is an important way to guarantee a smooth ride and to get the most out of your car tyres.
The wheel’s direction and angle at which the tyres are set are both important. Wheel alignment or 'tracking' involves checking the direction and angle against vehicle manufacturers' specifications. These can often be described as ‘toe in’, ‘toe out’, ‘positive camber’ or ‘negative camber'.
"Toe" refers to whether the front of the tyres are closer or further apart than the rear of the tyres. Different types of vehicles need different toe settings to allow for the way that wheels pull either towards each other or apart. "Camber" is the inward or outward tilt of a tyre. The camber is set by the vehicle manufacturer, and can be affected by potholes in the road and may need to be adjusted periodically.
It's worth keeping an eye out for unusual wear on your tyres, such as premature wear on the inside or outside shoulder, which could be caused by an incorrect camber setting.
Be sure to check out our tyre fitting service.