What Is a Wheel Alignment?
August 12, 2022

If you’ve been advised to take your car for a wheel alignment in Northampton, you may be wondering what the procedure involves. At Tyres Northampton, we use a tried-and-tested method that guarantees your safety.

Why Does My Car Need a Wheel Alignment?

Over time, the wheels on a car can become misaligned. And when this happens, a range of issues can affect both your vehicle’s performance and your safety. A car in need of a wheel alignment will typically suffer from fuel efficiency problems, steering problems, suspension problems and a general decline in road handling. According to experts, you can prolong the lifespan of your tyres in Northampton by getting your wheels checked regularly. At Tyres Northampton, we use the latest Hunter laser alignment technology to check the angles of alignment. If there’s a problem, we can fix it there and then. Contact us today to book your wheel alignment check.

What Is a Wheel Alignment?

How Do Wheel Alignments Issues Occur?

In most cases, wheels that move away from the manufacturer’s specifications can be fixed relatively quickly. In most cases, the problem is caused by an event — or a series of events — on the road. For example, hitting a kerb hard can cause wheel alignment issues. Driving over potholes regularly can also cause problems. 

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What Is a Wheel Alignment?

How Does Wheel Alignment Work?

At Tyres Northampton, we use wheel alignment technology to check that all four wheels are angled in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. This involves the use of four laser imaging sensors that check a range of primary alignment angles. 

Trained technicians can diagnose the exact nature of wheel alignment in a matter of minutes with this technology. The four major problems are:

  • Toe in
  • Toe out
  • Positive camber
  • Negative camber

When we refer to a ‘toe’, we mean the front of the tyre is slightly further apart than the ear. If this problem is diagnosed, there’s a good chance your car has been veering to one side. 

The term ‘camber’ refers to the tilt of a wheel — which can be either outward or inward in nature. Even the most careful of drivers will need to get their car checked for positive and negative cambers periodically. 

What Is a Wheel Alignment?

Book a Wheel Alignment Check Today

If you notice a sudden change in your car’s performance, fuel efficiency issues, premature tyre wear or veering, get in touch with Tyres Northampton today to book a thorough wheel alignment test. 

What Is a Wheel Alignment?