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Wheel Alignment in Claremont
Claremont Tyre and Auto have the skills and equipment to perform Wheel Alignment in Claremont and the surrounding areas, fully backed by an extensive nationwide warranty to give you real peace of mind. We specialise in the provision of new tyres, wheel balancing and wheel alignments in Claremont as well as surrounding suburbs Granton, Austins Ferry, Berriedale, Montrose and Glenorchy
When should I get a wheel alignment?
If you notice your car tends to drift a little while driving, the tyres are wearing unevenly, there is excessive vibration felt through the steering wheel or the steering wheel is not centred despite you driving straight ahead, you may be due for a wheel alignment. Your manufacturers handbook may also recommend you have your wheels aligned at set driving intervals and even if you don’t “Feel” you need one it is a good idea to have a Claremont Tyre and Auto mechanic check anyway.
What is a wheel alignment?
A wheel alignment is a process whereby a qualified Claremont Tyre and Auto mechanic performs precise measurement of the wheels of your car, relative to the road and each other. The mechanic then adjusts the wheels based on these measurements to ensure your wheels are parallel with each other and correctly oriented with respect to the road surface.
Benefits of Wheel Alignment
• Increased fuel economy.
• Prolonged tyre life.
• Braking and steering response is improved.
• Straight-line tracking is improved, and driver fatigue is reduced since the overall driving experience is improved.
Why is a wheel alignment important?
Improperly aligned wheels will impact your ability to control your car effectively, causing a slight pulling to one side or the other. On the surface this problem may not appear too troublesome. The reality is that misaligned wheels place extra strain on your suspension system, which in turn can affect your braking ability in addition to your steering. Suspension and steering systems are crucial to your ability to stop safely in case of an emergency. They may also impact your ability to perform hard steering manoeuvres should you find yourself having to avoid an obstacle in the road.
When a car requires a wheel alignment and you ignore the problem, your tyres will wear unevenly, particularly on the outside treads. This further compromises the safety of your vehicle as good tread patterns not only provide correct braking ability, they are critical in channelling water from under your wheels in wet weather and preventing hydroplaning. Misaligned wheels will also place more strain on your suspension system, which could cost you a lot more in the long run if the problem goes so far as to create a failure somewhere in the suspension.
My wheels were properly aligned when the car left the factory. Why should they need realignment?
Being in contact with the road while you drive, your wheels endure a great deal of punishment during the normal operation of your vehicle. Your shock absorbers and suspension system ensure that only a fraction of this punishment is felt within the car as you drive. Constant vibration causes general wear and tear on your wheels, while such common mishaps as hitting pot holes or knocking your wheels on curbs or roundabouts or simply driving on rough or bumpy road surfaces can gradually force your wheels out of alignment.
Misalignment of wheels can happen so gradually that you may not even notice the problem but you will almost certainly notice the difference once you have had a wheel alignment from Claremont Tyre and Auto. Our Claremont workshop is well equipped to perform wheel alignments and all our Auto-Tech trained mechanics work is fully backed by the comprehensive Repco Authorised Service Nationwide Warranty.
How do I know if I need a wheel alignment?
Does your car seem to pull to one side? Are your tyres wearing unevenly? Perhaps your car's performance isn't quite what it used to be? It may be time for you to get a wheel alignment. Bring your car into the Claremont Tyre and Auto workshop and we'll have your wheels realigned and your car back on the road ASAP.
Using a combination of inspection, measurements and our specialised equipment we can determine the exact degree to which your wheels and suspension are misaligned and realign them to the car manufacturers specifications.
Obviously, the best time to get a wheel alignment is when noticeable symptoms of poor alignment are present, but there are also other “best” times:
• When you rotate the tyres
• When you replace one or more tyres
• When you replace standard, steel rims with lightweight alloy rims.
• After any maintenance or repairs on steering or suspension systems - both front and rear.
• When you perform any modification that alters the vehicle ride height or weight distribution.
The four main angles that need to be considered for correct wheel alignment
Toe (or tracking) - wheels can be pointing in or out and can lead to unpredictable steering response
Thrust - the angle that the wheels point in relation to the car's centreline and each other. Misalignment can lead to the car not driving straight
Camber - helps tyres maintain optimal contact with the road for turning and driving. Misalignment will cause the car to pull to one side
Caster - tilting of the wheel steering axis. The angle needs to be the same on both front wheels or the car will pull to one side and/or it will require more effort to steer the car
If you would like to know more about Wheel Alignment check out the following articles :
What causes wheel alignment to “go bad”?
Importance of wheel alignment on new tyres
Wheel Alignment vs Wheel Balance
Types of Wheel Alignment and Procedures
Why only qualified technicians should perform wheel alignment procedures
When it comes to wheel Alignment in Claremont you can always rely on the mechanics at Claremont Tyre and Auto to Set You Straight.