The wheels are basically the legs of your car, and the tyres are the shoes. We all know that shoes need to be just right to make sure our body doesn't go out of shape. Cars are no different.
When it comes to safety, tyres are one of the most important parts of your vehicle. The tyre tread area making contact with the road is actually quite small. Imagine something the size of your palm holding up the weight of your car at any given moment. So clearly, worn or damaged tyres can seriously affect your car's safety and handling. Apart from driving an unsafe vehicle you could be hit in the pocket too. If your tyres don't meet legal requirements, you could face a fine up to £2,500 per tyre as well as 3 penalty points on your licence.
We carry out tyre repair, replacement, balancing and wheel alignment (tracking).
What does it all mean?
A wheel must be balanced every time it is mounted on an axle, either for repair or rotation. Imperfections or blemishes in the rubber, and damage to the tyre or rim can mean one section of the wheel is heavier. If a wheel is out of balance, it will cause an uncomfortable vibration that can be felt in the steering wheel and/or the seat. The tyre is often This can gradually cause excessive tyre wear and create an uncomfortable ride quality. This can also prematurely wear your tyres, suspension and steering components. Wheel balancing prolongs your tyre and car life. It may even improve the fuel economy of your vehicle, saving you time and money in the long-run.
All wheels removed from your vehicle will be balanced before being replaced. Wheel balancing is included in the price of new tyres.
Wheel alignment is sometimes referred to as tracking. Where wheel balancing ensures that the weight is evenly distributed, wheel alignment ensures they are pointing the right way, in a manner of speaking.
Alignment consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are set to the car manufacturer's specification. These adjustments to reduce tyre wear, and to ensure that vehicle travels in a straight line (i.e.without "pulling" to one side). Correct wheel alignment enhances vehicle handling and also reduces tyre wear.
Alignment problems can be caused when your car hits a kerb or pothole, or simply by excessive wear to steering or suspension components. It is important to check the alignment annually, to make sure you get the most out of your tyres.
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