Wheel Tracking - Car-Tech

Wheel Alignment Service

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.

Wheel tracking problems can be caused by hitting a kerb, driving into a pothole in the road or by excessive wear to steering or suspension components.

If your wheels aren’t aligned, the vehicle’s handling and maintenance will suffer, and you, your vehicle, and passengers will be in danger.

It is important to get your wheel alignment checked regularly to ensure you get the most out of your tyres.
Once the adjustments are made it will ensure that your wheels are all pointing towards the road ahead, letting you drive comfortably, effectively, and safely.

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. For all more Signs of your vehicle needing tracking please see below.

Here at Car Tech, we use the very latest technology to check and adjust your wheels. At their core, our machines are designed to correct the geometric angles on your cars suspensions to keep you rolling smoothly.

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Front wheel alignment

Front wheel alignments focus on the front wheels and look at caster and toe (see below Alignment Jagon to see what Toe and caster means). These are typically quick to perform and enough to solve most issues, given the front wheels are most likely to become misaligned.

Camber Diagram - CarTech

Four-Wheel Alignments

Four-wheel alignment ensures all four wheels of your car are perfectly aligned to point in the same direction, maximising their contact with the road. This ensures optimal handling, tyre wear, and fuel efficiency.

Four-wheel alignments focus on the front and rear wheels and also look at their camber. These are more in-depth fixes and are typically not recommended since most issues are often solved by a front wheel alignment.

To ensure precise wheel alignment, our machines guarantee accurate measurements using computerised laser technology for our technicians to make the correct adjustments.

Alignment Diagram - CarTech

  • Toe (front and rear)
  • Camber (angle of the wheel relative to vertical)
  • Caster (angle of the steering axis)
  • Thrust angle (alignment of the front and rear wheels)

Signs of your vehicle needing tracking

There are several tell-tale signs to watch out for when driving which may mean your car’s wheel alignment needs attention:

  • Vibration through the steering wheel.
  • Poor handling: The vehicle drags, drifts, or pulls to the side while in motion.
  • Screeching or rubbing noises when you turn.
  • Increased tyre noise: You may hear a humming or grinding sound.
  • Uneven tyre wear, such as feathering, when one side of the tyre is much more worn than the opposite side.

If you discover any of these issues, then please mention this to the service advisor or book your vehicle for tracking online today

Alignment help understanding the Jargon

Wheel tracking involves checking the direction and angle of the wheels. The misalignment positions are often described as toe in, toe out, positive camber or negative camber.

Toe In and Toe Out

“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. Incorrect toe alignment can result in in your car or van steering to one side.

Toe In Diagram - CarTech

Toe In

Toe Out Diagram - CarTech

Toe Out

Negative Camber and Positive Camber

“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.

Negative Camber Diagram - CarTech

Negative Camber

Positive Camber Diagram - CarTech

Positive Camber

Why not book your car in today using our online booking system.

Just enter your reg and select tracking. We do offer a free tyre health check why not click this as well?

Why is my alignment out?

This could be that-

  • You've hit a curb or pothole
  • You've had major suspension work done.
  • Excessive wear to steering or suspension components
How long does it take?

Your wheel alignment should take around an hour to be completed, though it could take a shorter or longer amount of time depending on how severe the misalignment is and whether just the front or all four wheels need aligning.

What are wheel alignment and tyre tracking?

Wheel alignment refers to the way your vehicle’s wheels are facing, as well as the process of making sure they are all facing the same way.

Also known as tyre tracking, aligning the wheels first involves assessing the angles of the car or van’s wheels. Our technician will look at:

  • Camber: The vertical alignment of the wheels viewed from the front – whether they fold inwards or outwards.
  • Caster: The forward or backward angle when the steering system pivots the wheel, assessed from the side view.
  • Toe: Looking top-down, the angles the tyres point at inward or outward.
  • Thrust angle: The angle the vehicle is ‘aimed’, perpendicular to its rear axle.

Once they have this information, your technician will look at the wheel and tyre alignment angles recommended by your manufacturer for your vehicle model.

After that, they will then manipulate the control arms and tie rods that hold the wheel in place and connect it to the steering system.

Why is getting a wheel alignment important?

Having the correct wheel alignment is crucial to keeping both your vehicle safe and your car parts free from damage and wear.

What’s the cost of car or van wheel alignment?

Using our online booking tool, if you put your vehicle registration and select either Tracking or four wheel alignment the prices will be shown for your vehicle.

Please note that these prices are subject to value added tax but includes adjustments.

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