Wheel / Suspension Alignment
Why is wheel alignment so important?
Your vehicle's suspension setup plays an important role in the way that your tyre meets the road or ground and can be a major factor in the longevity, fuel consumption and through life performance of your tyres while driving. The normal wheel alignment on most vehicles has been setup to minimize wear and maximize passenger comfort.
Suspension misalignment may cause rapid and irregular wear of your tyres, which ultimately affects their performance, the safety of your vehicle and can result in you having to change tyres earlier than is typically expected.
The tyre experts at Michelin know just how important wheel alignment is to make sure that you get the very best out of your tyres.
Wheel alignment facts:
Suspension that is just 2mm out of alignment per wheel will result in each tyre on a 15" wheel being forced to cover the equivalent of an extra 28 feet laterally per mile.
Incorrect alignment can cause excessive shoulder wear to tyres and reduce the life of tyres dramatically
Proper wheel alignment will make your tyres last longer, give you better handling, improve fuel efficiency, be more comfortable and reduce your tyres rolling resistance
Why does wheel misalignment happen?
There are many potential causes of wheel misalignment, it could result from hitting a kerb or object, driving through a pothole, during an accident or even just as suspension components wear down during use.
Saracen tyres have experts on hand to check your vehicle's alignment and make sure that you get the optimum performance from your new or existing tyres. Should you notice any excessive wear on your tyres, speak to the team at Saracen tyres, who will be able to check your vehicle alignment and also recommend the best Michelin tyre for your driving style and vehicle.
How does wheel alignment / tracking work?
To correctly align your vehicle's wheels and suspension the experts at Michelin explain that you need to set the perfect amount of toe in / toe out and camber. A specialist can do this by accurately adjusting the camber, caster and toe of your vehicles suspension.
Camber is the angle that the wheel is set from the vertical position when viewed from the front of the vehicle. If the wheel leans in or out too far, then the point that the tyre makes contact with the road can change, resulting in uneven tyre wear. There are two types of camber, positive camber and negative camber.
Positive camber - when the top of the wheel leans away from the car. Too much positive camber will result in excessive wear of the outside edge of the tyres.
Negative camber - when the wheel leans in towards the car, you have negative camber. In this scenario you will experience excess wear on the inside edge of the tyre.
Toe represents the direction in which the wheels are pointing relative to the centre line (or straight ahead). The toe settings dictate vehicle handling characteristics and its straight line stability when driving.
Toe-in - when the front of the wheels are closer together than the rear of the wheels on the same axle. Too much toe-in will result in extra tyre wear on the outside edges of the tread. You may also notice a feathered type of wear of the tyre treads.
Toe-out - when the rear of the wheels are closer together than the front of the wheels on the same axle. If your car is set up with too much toe-out you will notice excess wear on the inside of the tyres. A similar sort of feathered wear will occur.
For more help and advice, please contact the experts at Saracen Tyres who will be happy to check your wheel alignment and make sure you tracking is perfectly set up for your vehicle.
For more helpful tyre miantenance and driving advice from the experts at Michelin, ask your Saracen tyres represenentative for a copy of the Michelin Glove Box Guide.