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Car and Van Wheel Alignment

The early replacement of your car and van tyres, plus the rise in fuel costs, caused by wheel alignment (or tracking) issues is a large cost to your business, not to mention the time that your vehicle is not earning money whilst off the road.

The good news is, our extensive nationwide centre network has standard and computerised alignment machinery to check and adjust the wheel alignments on all van types from car-derived vans up to 7T twin wheel vehicles. We’ve even got the capability to cope with Extra Long Wheel Base and High Roof Vans at a number of our centres too.

 

Key Fact

Car or Van Misalignment can
increase fuel consumption
by 3 – 3.5%

Things that can affect van or car wheel alignment:

  • Driving through potholes
  • Travelling over speed bumps
  • Riding up kerbs

Simply refer your vehicles to your nearest ATS Euromaster centre and ask for our free wheel alignment check.

Types of Alignment Issues

The process of wheel alignment encompasses three elements that require monitoring and adjusting to ensure correct alignment on your vehicle.

  • Toe Alignment - Toe is a measurement of how much a pair of wheels are turned in or out from a straight-ahead position. You will feel your vehicle ‘pulling’ to one side if the toe alignment is out.
  • Camber Alignment - Camber is the vertical tilt of the wheel If the camber is out of alignment it will cause the tyre tread to wear excessively on one edge or cause your vehicle to pull to one side.
    Camber misalignment may not be adjustable on all vans. If it is out on these vehicles it may indicate that something is worn or bent and should be inspected more closely
  • Caster Alignment - Caster alignment is the angle of the steering pivot when viewed from the side of the vehicle.
  • Caster has little affect on tyre wear, but it affects steering stability. If the caster is out of adjustment, it can cause problems in straight line tracking
    An accurate alignment also provides safe and predictable vehicle control and road holding alongside a smoother and more comfortable ride. You can count on us to make sure that your van tyres are running on the correct path.

Ways to spot wheel alignment issues

Some signs of wheel misalignment are easy to spot, but others can be more hidden. Common signs are:

  • Your vehicle pulls to one side
  • The tyre is wearing unevenly
  • The fuel economy on the vehicle is reduced
  • The tyres don’t look like they’re pointing straight
  • The steering wheel is not straight

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