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    One of the most important factors in getting the most wear and performance from your tyres is wheel alignment. It ensures safety, vehicle control and a smooth ride, free of pulling and vibration. At Complete Laser Alignment Services, we understand this very well.

    Several issues may be causing your vehicle to be misaligned and as the wheel balancing specialist in SA, we have provided some tips and tricks. Factors include:

    • Incorrect camber setting or toe setting
    • Incorrect caster setting
    • Incorrect tyre pressure and tyre rotation
    • Wheel balancing
    • Worn parts

    Camber, caster and toe

    Camber is the tilting of the wheels from the vertical position, when viewed from the front of the vehicle. When the wheels tilt outward at the top, the camber is positive (+). When the wheel tilts inward at the top, the camber is negative (-). The amount of tilt is measured in degrees from the vertical.

    Caster is the tilting of the uppermost point of the steering axis, either forward or backward, when viewed from the side of the vehicle. A backward tilt is positive (+) and a forward tilt is negative (-).

    Toe is a measurement of how much the front and/or rear wheels are turned in or out from a straight-ahead position. When the wheels are turned in, toe is positive (+). When the wheels are turned out, toe is negative (-). The actual amount of toe is normally only a fraction of a degree. The purpose of toe is to ensure that the wheels roll parallel to each other.

    Worn parts

    In our years providing wheel balancing and alignment services in SA, we have noticed that quite often alignment problems are caused by worn suspension parts. On older vehicles, worn springs can lower a vehicles' ride height, altering its geometry and causing misalignment. All alignment settings refer to ride height, with worn springs also contributing to uneven tyre wear. 

    Another common problem is worn ball joints, which causes erratic handling, slow steering response and irregular tyre wear.  Worn tie rod ends can also cause the vehicle to wander left-to-right, causing a feathering type of wear on your tyres.

    Tyre inflation

    Another common problem relating to tyre wear is tyre inflation, an issue we have seen time and again at our SA workshop. Incorrect pressures can cause excessive wear and damage to your tyres.

    In most cases, your vehicle manufacturer will provide a service manual, with the recommended tyre pressures for your vehicle. Tyres should be inflated while cold, as inner pressure increases during operation. Tyre pressure should be checked every two weeks, every four weeks at the most. The TRW spare parts must also be checked.

    Wheel balance

    There is no limit to the expertise in wheel balancing and alignment we can share with our customers in SA.

    Wheels and tyres need to be evenly balanced as they rotate around the axle, if they rotate unevenly the tyre will wear excessively, causing wheel wobble and vibration in the steering, making the vehicle hard to handle while driving.

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