Four Wheel Alignment
As an independent garage covering Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbright and the surrounding Stewartry area we have trained technicians ready to check and reset your cars four wheel alignment.
Poor wheel alignment is one of the main reasons for premature tyre wear. But it’s not only the front wheels to worry about- rear wheels can be out of alignment too.
As well as better fuel economy and smoother handling, correct wheel alignment will reduce the wear and tear on your vehicle and extend the life of your tyres. With all four wheels correctly aligned, your car will be safer on the road and easier on your pocket.
Signs of incorrect alignment
Wheel alignment should always be checked by an expert. Symptoms of incorrect alignment can be hard to detect but can include your car pulling to one side when you’re driving, or irregular wear appearing across the width of your tyres. The irregular wear is caused by the tyres not running correctly relative to the road surface.
What causes incorrect alignment?
Wheel alignment can be affected by hitting the kerb or a large pothole in the road or travelling regularly on gravel roads. If the alignment is out, it can cause excessive wear to your tyres and problems with the steering or suspension.
Wheel alignment is measured in the following ways:
- Toe – is how parallel the wheels are in relation to one another when viewed from above, toe in or toe out causes excessive tyre wear.
- Camber – is the angle of the wheel in comparison to the road, when viewed from the front. Correcting the camber ensures your tyres are vertical to the road, which optimises the handling of your car.
- Caster – is the angle of steering pivot when viewed from the side of the vehicle. Although adjustment on some cars is limited and caster settings don’t cause excessive wear on your tyres, it’s important to ensure the caster is equal on both sides of the car to avoid any problems with straight line stability and reduce the pressure on steering.
Checking and adjusting vehicle steering alignment is a skilled process and should only be carried out by a qualified technician. At Robertson Gemini Ltd we have the latest equipment and skilled technicians to help set up your vehicle correctly.
Please call our Service Reception on 01556 502560 to book your car in for a four wheel alignment appointment.