Wheel Alignment

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Wheel alignment can be referred to as breaking or tracking and is part of the standard maintenance for your vehicle and involves the correcting of the angles on your wheel to ensure they are parallel to one another and are at a 90-degree angle to the ground.

The purpose of wheel alignment is to reduce the tyre wear and to ensure that your vehicle travels straight without pulling to one side.

At Phillips Tyres, we are able to offer you a choice of wheel alignment options to provide you with the best value solution for your vehicle. Whether it be a toe alignment, camber, or caster alignment we can help. We offer a standard laser option for your front axle or we can use our highly sophisticated Hoffman Mega-Plan which is one of the most innovative wheel balancers.

Different types of wheel alignment

Front-end – This covers a front end alignment and adjusts the front axle. This particular alignment is suited to a vehicle with a rear solid axle. This is by far the most basic options and can be referred to as a ‘toe and go’.

Thrust

This covers the front end but also ensures that all four wheels on the vehicle are completely squared with one another. The thrust is recommended for vehicles with a solid rear suspension and produces far greater results ensuring longer lasting tyre wear as well as increased fuel economy.

Four Wheel Alignment

This is suitable for vehicles with four-wheel independent suspensions as well as front wheel drives. This alignment combines all the elements of a front and thrust but also ensures the correct positioning of the rear axle angles.

A ‘toe in’

This is simply to ensure that all of your tyres angles are in line to the centre of your vehicle. The opposite of this term is a ‘toe out’ as the correct toe position will slightly vary depending on its suspension or it is a front wheel, rear wheel or an all-wheel drive.

Why does my vehicle require a wheel alignment?

A vehicle's wheels often go out of alignment from general day to day use however, bumps and knocks which often occur from the vehicle making contact with a pothole and can have an immediate impact on the vehicles tracking as well as if you have been involved in road traffic accident.

Sometimes you may not even be immediately aware but other times you will feel your vehicle pulling to the one side which has a knock-on effect on your vehicles fuel economy as well as tyre wear and enhanced wear on your suspension components. Even if you do not experience any of these things here at Phillips Tyres we highly recommend that you have your wheel alignment checked with us on an annual basis.

As with all wheel alignment testing, we highly advise that you are carrying a ‘normal’ load so if you are a tradesperson we strongly advise you to remove all heavy tools etc.

Once we have completed your wheel alignment you will be issued with a printout outlining your vehicles wheel angles before and after the alignment, so why not book in with us today?