Here at York Tyre Sales we offer the very best of wheel alignment, using our top of the range Hunter alignment system.
Wheel alignment is a very important set up for your vehicle and needs to be done properly, that’s why we have all the equipment necessary to make sure it is done right, we even have weights to settle the suspension properly and mimic any cargo and passengers in the vehicle. Wheel alignment is recommenced every 12,000-15,000 miles to ensure the efficiency and longevity of your vehicles components.
Wheel alignment is multiple measurements of the angles of your wheels and suspension which effects many characteristics of your vehicle. Having your alignment properly set up will not only make it handle safely and perform how it should, but also improve fuel economy, decrease tyre wear, improve your eco foot print, decrease strain on misaligned suspension and steering components and most importantly, save you money! Even if you’re a real enthusiast and want your car for the track, off roading or any other circumstances, we can do a custom alignment set up to your specification.
So how do you know if your car needs wheel alignment?
Vehicle pulls while driving straight or the steering wheel isn’t central
This is easy to spot but also easily over looked. As you put more miles on your vehicle you’re slowly adding wear to the suspension and steering components. This teamed with the occasional pot hole, speed bumps and curbs on the school run all tie in together to misalign your wheels. An easy way to test this is to drive down a nice level and straight road, your car may pull to one side and the steering wheel may not be level.
Excessive or uneven tyre wear
Tyres are another very important part of your vehicle, providing grip and stability in various weather conditions. When your wheel alignment is out it causes the tyre to drag rather than roll efficiently. This causes uneven and excessive tyre wear, this can be seen by looking at the tyre tread, ideally they should wear evenly across the tread.
Loud road noise/humming
This one ties in with the uneven/excessive tyre wear. Because the tyres are being dragged rather than rolling efficiently, it often wears the inside edge of the tread like an exaggerated 50p coin. This then creates a hum as you drive - often sounding like a wheel bearing. But also it can create a vibration through the car, commonly mistaken with wheel balancing.
Tyre squeal sounds great in the movies and really gets you into the action! However its not always great to hear from pottering around town. tyre squeal is a strong indication that your wheels are not aligned properly. Essentially your wheels are not running parallel causing them to drag again. There are occasions where a small amount of squeal is okay, like a multi story car park with painted floors for example. However most of the time it is a sign that your car needs aligning!
Why choose our Hunter alignment service?
Our workshop is equipped with an award-winning Hunter alignment system. Widely recognised across the world as the leading alignment equipment, Hunter aligners are accurate, reliable and fast. What’s more, our team have been trained directly by Hunter’s UK representatives to the highest standards to ensure your car is given the best standards of care and attention possible. Using real-time imaging cameras we measure all 14 primary angles on your car and automatically compare these against the latest technical specifications available from your vehicle manufacturer. We then provide you with a colour, easy to understand printout to show and explain any alignment issues we may find. If any work is required we will discuss this with you prior to commencement. Upon completion, we will provide you with a second alignment printout, evidence of a job well done.
Whats the difference between tracking and wheel alignment?
“Tracking” is a measurement system from a bygone era, when very few cars were adjustable. For those that were it was only the front toe - which is known as a 2 wheel alignment. Some “tracking systems can measure the rear wheels but as a secondary operation, therefore they are not always able to compare measurements in direct relation between the front and rear axle simultaneously. Basically like building a wall but only measuring the hight at one end and assuming it will be level all the way.
For any enquires or questions regarding wheel alignment, please feel free to call us on 01904 488243