The suspension components that keep your car driving in a straight line need to be carefully set; if you hit a huge pothole or other obstacle, you might bump parts of your suspension out of position. Wheel alignment is the process of adjusting the angles of the wheels so they meet the manufacturer’s specifications. Properly aligned wheels are essential to the smooth and safe operation of your car. Poorly aligned wheels will cause irregular tyre wear, and can negatively affect handling and safety. Incorrect alignment might be caused by potholes, hitting a kerb or other obstacle, or by worn steering or suspension components.
There are two principal adjustments technicians can make when aligning wheels: ‘toe’ and ‘camber’. Toe refers to how far the front of the tyre is tilted inwards or outwards perpendicular to the road (imagine looking down at your feet and facing your toes inwards or outwards). Too much toe-in or out means the tyre won’t be facing the direction of travel, and will wear unevenly. Camber refers to how far the tyres lean in or out on the vertical axis. If the bottom of the wheel is further out than the top, this is negative camber. Likewise, if the top is further out than the bottom, this is positive camber. Too much camber in either direction will result in excessive tyre wear and unusual handling.
• Four-wheel alignment: £98+VAT
• Lane Assist calibration with four-wheel alignment: £294+VAT
• Camera / radar calibration with four-wheel alignment: £294+VAT
• Replacement radar with four-wheel alignment and calibration: £343+VAT (plus price of new radar).