Tyre adjustment is a very important measure, which must be carried out by qualified specialists. There is an optimum configuration of the camber angle, caster angle and toe angle for each vehicle. This optimal configuration is only known by qualified technicians.We at Forza Tyres in Peterborough have perfectly trained wheel alignment/tracking experts and all the right technical equipment ready to look after your vehicle.
A bad wheel alignment can lead to uneven wear pattern on the tyres and to a significant deterioration in drivability.
In the list below you will find answers to some of the most common questions.
Is the track setting a routine procedure?
No, the tracking/wheel alignment is a tricky procedure that needs to be done by professionals in the following situations:
Do you have to adjust the wheel alignment/tracking after every tyre change?
As a rule, the track setting is not mandatory if you keep the same tyre dimensions or change only one tyre. If you had four new tyres fitted, you should get your vehicle's alignment checked. If you have changed the tyre size on your vehicle, the track setting must be checked properly and adjusted accordingly. At our Forza Tyres workshop, we will always inform and advise you if we think a wheel alignment check is necessary. We only use the latest 3D technology which enables us to show you directly on the computer screen if/what needs to be done. We will only charge you for what really needs doing. Why not stay and watch us during the alignment process? We will be happy to show you exactly what we are doing.
What exactly is tracking/wheel alignment?
During the wheel alignment all settings of track-, camber- and caster values are checked. The entire axle geometry of your car is being checked.
Each vehicle is characterized by certain characteristics and measurements that can be partially modified. The precise track setting is carried out with a special axle measuring device.
The camber angle:
The camber angle denotes the angle which the wheel has to the vertical. If the wheel is inclined outwards, the fall is positive, the wheel is inclined inwards, the camber is negative.
In sporty driving this offers a negative cornering maximum in curves. However, this advantage does not apply on the straight line. The braking capacities as well as the acceleration capacity are reduced.
The trailing angle:
The trailing angle refers to the angle between the steering rotation axis and the vertical.
This angle ensures the stability of the vehicle at high speed. As a rule, the trailing angle can not be changed. A change in this angle can only be caused by a shock.
The toe-in angle:
The toe-in angle is the straight-ahead angle at the steering wheel angle position. If the distance at the front of the wheel is smaller than at the side of the wheel, the toe-in is positive. If, on the other hand, it is smaller than the front, the toe-in is negative. In this case it is called the "toe-in".
As a rule, a vehicle with a rear wheel drive is characterized by a toe-in angle, while a front-wheel-drive vehicle has a toe-in angle.The gauge setting is an important measure to ensure driving safety.
A false track setting is the first cause of fluttering steering, uneven tyre wear and unilateral pulling of the vehicle.
If you have any questions regarding four wheel alignment/tracking or need some advice, please do not hesitate to call us - or just come to see us at our workshop. Our team is always happy to help.