Wheel Alignment

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At Motech Autocentres in Newbury, we specialise in Wheel Alignment – not just for cars but also a variety of other vehicles.

Our highly skilled experts work hard to ensure your wheels are aligned with maximum accuracy, using the latest state of the art wheel alignment technology.

How often should I check my wheel alignment?

It does not take much to knock your vehicles wheel alignment out, and your vehicle and its suspension are continually being exposed to heavy loads. Your vehicle will from time to time hit curbs and pot-holes, and this along with impact from road damage or small accidents will result in shocks to the chassis. Over time these exposures will affect your vehicles wheel alignment. If your wheels are aligned incorrectly, it will have a negative effect on tyre wear and can also affect how well your vehicle handles and your vehicle's safety.

We at Motech Autocentres Newbury recommend that you get your vehicle's alignment checked:

  • After a tyre replacement
  • At your annual service
  • Where there is evidence of wear of the tyres on the shoulder
  • When steering becomes unstable
  • After an accident

What is a Wheel Alignment Check?

Wheel Alignment will check the direction and angle of the wheels to ensure, less tyre wear, optimum chassis adjustment and improved braking performance. 

In order for your vehicle to drive perfectly straight and allow for precise control, the wheels must always be largely parallel to each other. 

It is essential to ensure that all four wheels are parallel and sitting flat and that your steering wheel is centred.

Wheel Alignment – what is checked?

Toe-in/Toe out – As it sounds this check measures how much a pair of wheels are turned in or out when they are viewed from straight ahead.

Toe-in means the front of the wheels is found to be closer together compared to the rear ones. 

Toe-out means that the rear parts of the wheels are found to be closer together compared to the front ones. 

Positive/Negative Camber

This is a test to measure how vertical a tyre is. If the tyre leans slightly towards the wheel arch, it has a negative camber; if it leans in the opposite direction, then it has a positive camber.

Either one of these camber changes will have an effect on the bearing surfaces of the tyres, and thus impacting the stability of the vehicle. 

Caster Alignment

Caster alignment measures the positioning of where the suspension sits above the wheels centre. If caster alignment is out, it can cause problems with your straight-line tracking. If the caster is affected, then your steering will be light, and the vehicle may wander.

Let our highly trained technicians at Motech Autocentres test your vehicle Wheel Alignment using the very latest in Wheel Alignment technology.

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