What Is A Wheel Alignment

Let’s take a quick look at what a wheel alignment is and how it affects your vehicle.


The whole point of maintaining a good wheel alignment is to minimise the resistance your tyres create by having them roll smoothly and in line with each other. 


To achieve this, we make a series of precise measurements and adjustments to make the wheels parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground.


The measurements are specific to the year, make and model of your vehicle.


Tyreright will supply you with a printout that compares your before and after alignment angles with your car’s specifications. You can even ask for a copy of the printout before you have your alignment done, so you can check your desired settings have been properly implemented.


When you do have your car alignment done, it’s best to have it carrying its normal load. For example, if you’re a tradesperson with a ute full of tools, have the alignment done with your tools on board as this is the situation the vehicle will mostly be driven in.


These diagrams show the three of the main measurements used in a wheel alignment:




Camber affects the wear of your tyres on the inside or outside of the tread.

 

Caster measurements relate to the steering inputs on the front tyres

 

Toe measurements show tyre position from a top-down view

 



As you can see, there are several ways that a wheel can go out of alignment, and any wheel out of alignment will affect your whole vehicle.