Hunter four wheel alignment
(At our Bracknell site we have the facilities to align long wheelbase vehicles with our ramp length of 5.1 metres)
The meaning of wheel alignment can often be confused, as the term is misleading. Rather than referring to your car’s wheels, wheel alignment (also known as tracking) is related to the suspension.
What are the causes of misaligned wheels?
There are three main causes of wheel misalignment, these are:
- Sudden jarring or heavy impact caused by hitting something, such as a pothole, bumping a curb, or a road accident.
- Worn parts caused by wear and tear. Over time, parts such as suspension springs can become worn and slack, leading to a shift in the wheel alignment. In this case, prevention is more affective than cure; so regular service checks are necessary.
- Height modification, when suspension has not been changed to suit. Car suspension is designed to work at a certain height, and if you adjust the height of your vehicle without also adjusting the suspension, your car will probably suffer from wheel misalignment.
What are the symptoms of misaligned wheels?
If you experience any of the following problems, you should get your car checked out, as your wheel alignment may need adjusted:
- Tyres wearing abnormally/unevenly
- Car drifts to one side when driving
- Steering wheel does not return easily after a turn
- Steering wheel is crooked or vibrates
- There is a squealing noise coming from your tyres
What problems do misaligned wheels cause?
Uneven wear can seriously impair a tyre’s performance, and can even put lives at risk as an unevenly worn tyre is at risk of a blowout.
Misaligned wheels also have poorer fuel economy, as misaligned wheels have greater resistance with the road, leading to higher fuel consumption.
We spoke to TyreSafe, one of the UK’s leading tyre safety organisations, who commented: ‘Correct wheel alignment is essential not only for your safety and comfort on the road, but also to extend the life of your tyres. Cars suffering from misalignment will experience rapid or irregular tyre wear, meaning they need to be replaced much sooner. Your fuel bills will also be increased adding further expense to your motoring. Furthermore, when the wheels are misaligned, your car may become less stable, which may be a particular problem when having to take emergency or evasive action. As wheels can become misaligned through general wear or tear or every day occurrences like hitting a pothole or the curb, it’s important to have your car’s alignment checked regularly.’
Hunter HawkEye Elite TD
Unrivalled speed, precision and results in just 90 seconds!
How does it work?
HawkEye Elite™ uses four precision cameras to measure the position and orientation of targets mounted to each wheel using Hunter’s patented QuickGrip™ adaptors. QuickGrip adaptors feature spring-loaded arms that grip the tyre, eliminating metal-to-metal contact and subsequent rim damage.
Quicker than all others.
Hunter has also certainly rewritten the compensation rule book with their patented ‘QuickComp™’. The new Hunter HawkEye Elite TD and ‘QuickComp™’ allows us to perform rolling compensation, which is essential to take account of any wheel rim runout/mounting error, with just one simple roll forward.
Steering Angle Sensor (SAS)
HawkEye Elite™ codelink system has the ability to reset SAS on 99% of vehicles on the road today
With over 10 years experience in four wheel alignment our alignment technicians are the very best in the trade, they will ensure your vehicle is set up perfectly