Along with advancements and experiments, there is continuous improvement being made in the world of technology. Where there is a demand for new products, there is also a demand to improve the older ones.
Cars are one of the old creations that are continuously being improved, by designing new and better ones, while also improving the old ones, by rebuilding, adding new parts, etc. The methods and types of equipment used to do this have been improved as well. Robotic arms have replaced the old manual equipments, tests are conducted using robots and lasers rather than relying on human capabilities.
In this article, we have discussed one such check-up, that has improved from manual work to now being done by lasers.
Wheel alignment check is done to make sure the angles of the tyre to the axle is correct, while they’re also parallel to each other. If your car seems to have a pull in a certain direction or you feel a vibration from the bottom of your car or the steering, you could be facing an alignment issue and you should go and get it checked.
Laser Wheel Alignment
This process might sound complicated but is not. An expert uses light, using an overhead projector, and shines them on all four wheels. The light falls on a scale that can be used to determine the angle the wheels are at. Once the expert knows the deviation from the desired angle, he can correct it easily.
What is Checked
In the process of laser wheel alignment, three angles of your tyres, known as camber caster and toe, are checked. All three angles are different and are adjusted by the manufacturer to increase the performance of the car.
Camber: This is the vertical angle of the wheel. If the tyre leans toward the wheel-arch, it is known as negative camber, while if it is in the opposite direction it is known as positive camber.
Caster: This is the angle of the suspension to the wheel vertically. This is checked to see how the suspension sits on the wheel and the position of the wheel. A “chopper” bike, which has a tilted suspension in the front and which has an angular wheel rather than a usual perpendicular one, is an example of extremely positive castor.
Toe: This is the angle of how much the front wheels are facing inwards or outwards. This helps at turns and helps grip the road when turning.
How to Spot Misalignment
Take your car for an alignment check if:
• your car has a certain pull in one direction while driving
• you spot uneven tyre wear
• the steering wheel is not straight when driving straight
• your steering wheel starts to vibrate.
Causes of Misalignment
• Sharp turns, hitting a curb or hitting a pothole can cause misalignment.
• Small accidents might also disturb your car’s alignment.
• If you have recently replaced your tyres, you should get an alignment check done as well.
• Take your car for regular check-ups as wearing of parts can also cause misalignment.
Difference between Tracking and Laser Alignment
The difference is based on the person you ask, as you’ll always find different answers. Some people choose tracking, while some prefer laser alignment. While tracking only tends to cover some angles of the wheels, the laser is capable of doing it from better angles and check more points on all the wheels as well.
Wheel Alignment Stapleford is an important inspection of your car and should be routinely done. While getting it done on scheduled services is a good thing, also get your car checked when you feel a disturbance in its Wheel Alignment Long Eaton. If you have any queries or need assistance with your car’s wheel alignment, contact our skilful experts at Motorwurks. They’re known to provide the best pieces of advice and assistance for all issues and are known to work for customer satisfaction.