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If you’ve recently hit a kerb, you may notice that your car is pulling slightly in one direction. You might also notice that the steering wheel seems off centre when driving straight. Uneven tyre wear and a juddering through the steering wheel are also signs that there may be an alignment problem.
If your vehicle is showing any of these signs then it is time to gets your wheels alignment checked!!
At Draycott Engineering we specialise in Wheel Alignment and Tracking.
Our highly skilled and regularly trained experts work to ensure the maximum accuracy of your wheels alignment for your safety, using the latest state of the art technology. We at Draycott Engineering will be happy to help should you have any concerns regarding your Wheel Alignment, please do not hesitate to contact us.
When is a Wheel Alignment required?
Over time, your suspension is exposed to heavy loads. Your wheels will hit curbs and pot-holes. Road damage or small accidents can result in powerful shocks to the chassis. These forces will not always be tolerated by the car and in time will have an effect on your wheel alignment. If your wheels are aligned incorrectly this will result in irregular tyre wear and can affect how your vehicle handles and your vehicle's safety.
We recommend checking the alignment of your wheels:
• At your annual service
• After a tyre replacement
• In the presence of abnormal wear of the tyres on the shoulder
• When manoeuvrability is unstable
• When driving quality is worsened
• After a car accident
What is a Wheel Alignment Check?
Wheel Alignment involves checking the direction and angle of the wheel.
A wheel alignment check ensures optimum chassis adjustment, less tyre wear and better braking performance.
In order for your vehicle to travel exactly straight ahead and allow for precise control, the wheels must always be as perpendicular as possible to the road, in all driving conditions and be positioned largely parallel to each other.
How we measure your Wheel Alignment:
Toe in/Toe out - Measures by how much a pair of wheels are turned in or out when viewed from a straight ahead position.
Toe-in means that the front parts of the wheels are closer together than the rear one. The right wheel is thus turning a little to the left, the left wheel corresponding to the right. Depending on the manufacturer and the driven axle, the angle of the toe-in of the rear axle is between 0 ° and 5 ° in most cars.
Toe-out means that the rear ends of the wheels are closer together than the front ones. The right wheel is thus slightly steered to the right and the left wheel to the left. At the front axle, the forward or toe-out is usually in a range of maximum 3 ° each.
This is a measure of how vertical a tyre is. If leans slightly towards the wheel arch it is described as having negative camber, if it leans in the opposite direction then it is described as a positive camber.
When the camber position changes, it has an effect on the bearing surfaces of the tyres, and thus the stability of the car. In order to allow a car to travel exactly straight and under precise control, the wheels must always be as perpendicular as possible to the road under all driving conditions.
Only if the track and camber values are correctly adjusted can the tyres use the maximum footprint resulting in safer driving.
Caster alignment measures the positioning of where the suspension sits above the wheels centre. If caster alignment is out, it can cause problems with your straight line tracking. If the caster is affected then your steering will be light and the vehicle may wander.
To ensure you get the most out of your tyres - It is important to get your wheel alignment checked regularly.
Let our highly trained technicians at Draycott Engineering, Didcot test your vehicle Wheel Alignment using the very latest in Wheel Alignment technology.