Vehicles may overall look reliable and tough, however, the wheels still pose to be vulnerable and sensitive to kerbs and potholes on roads. Post encountering such obstacles, in case you notice a change in the manner your car functions, you should proceed to get your laser wheel alignment done.
In case, you have come across a kerb while driving, you may find your car pulling towards one direction or notice the wheel being de-centralised. This means your front wheels are not aligned correctly and need to be checked or corrected by the method of laser wheel alignment.
How does the Laser Wheel Alignment Work?
A heavy sounding term, laser Wheel Alignment Aston uses beams of light to inspect the vehicle’s front set of wheels. This means the wheels are fixed at angles that are specific and ensure the smooth rolling of the car.
A technician, to inspect the alignment, fixes brackets to the wheels of the car and throws light from one end to the other or on all four by the help of an overhead projector. Depending on where the light beam falls on a scale, the expert can decipher if the wheels are out of or in alignment. A computer is employed to figure out the light’s position in comparison to the scale for better accuracy. Once, the extent of the misalignment is understood, the suspension is adjusted to let the wheels be correctly set up again.
What is Checked by Laser Wheel Alignment?
The angles of wheel alignment that are thoroughly checked are camber, toe and caster. Each one refers to a separate orientation, which is calculated by the makers of the vehicle. They enhance the car’s steering performance and its suspension systems. This is done to increase the handling ability of the car, making it more responsive and predictable.
a. Camber: This measures the extent to which the tyre is vertical. In case of being lean towards the wheels arch, it is called a negative camber and a positive camber, in the other direction.
b. Caster: This is about how directly above the centre of the wheel the suspension sits. Also, how from the back to the front plane, the tyre’s placement is centralised.
c. Toe: This measures the extent to which the wheels point inwards and towards the centre of the vehicle. In this case, there are instances of toe-in and toe-out.
When do I know its time to have my wheels aligned?
The Common Signs of Misaligned Wheels:
• Your vehicle pulls to the right or left, even with the steering wheel being straight
• Uneven wearing of the tyre
• Vibrations through the steering wheel
• An off-centre steering wheel while driving straight
Why do Wheels Misalign?
In case, you hit the kerb while driving or parking over a pothole. Wearing of suspension and steering components may also be a concern.
At Smart MOT & Service, the group of professionals would guide you through the entire process of identifying when the wheels are misaligned and when they need to be handed over to the experts. To be safe, it is best to hand over your car, in such cases, to a trusted and reliable repair facility. Find more info realted to any kind of Tyres and MOT Aston.