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At Sawmoco Ltd, we specialise in Wheel Alignment.
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.
Wheel Alignment may not always necessarily be at the top of the routine checklist for a customer but it is vitally important that it is checked regularly.
We will always be happy to help should you have any concerns regarding your Wheel Alignment, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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.
When is a wheel alignment required?
We at Sawmoco Ltd recommend checking the alignment of your wheels at your cars annual service, after a tyre replacement or in the presence of abnormal wear on the shoulder of the tyres. If they are worn unevenly if a tyre has stronger wear marks than the second tyre mounted on the same axle. Wheel alignment is also necessary after working on the chassis. If lowering springs or other shock absorbers have been installed or parts of the steering have been repaired as this can have an effect on the wheel alignment.
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 tire 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.
The misalignment positions are described as;
Toe in/Toe out - Measures by how much a pair of wheels is turned in or out 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.
Positive/Negative camber - If the camber alignment is not the same for each wheel it can cause your vehicle to pull to one side
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?
The correct wheel alignment can reduce uneven tyre wear; improve vehicle handling and lower fuel consumption, saving money!
To ensure you get the most out of your tyres - It is important to get your wheel alignment checked regularly.
If your vehicle is showing signs of a wheel alignment issue, contact our team at Sawmoco Ltd who will be happy to test your vehicle wheel alignment using the very latest in wheel alignment technology.