Four wheel alignment and tracking service
Since the car was invented it has been important that all four wheels to point in the same direction!
Over time as your BMW, Mercedes or Mini and its components have evolved, so has the way the cars steering and suspension set up or geometry is measured.
Your car is built for comfort, performance and handling. In order to achieve and maintain the best ride possible, the steering and suspension needs to be measured and adjusted within the motor manufacturer’s specifications. This can only be done by measuring all four wheels and having a proper full four wheel alignment measurement.
If only the fronts are set straight, through having a Tracking, two wheel alignment, and the rear wheels remain out of alignment (and not adjusted), your vehicle could still suffer tyre wear and pulling the steering wheel.
Autobarn undertake a full 8-point wheel alignment on your BMW, Mercedes or Mini and will provide you with a geometry report to give you peace of mind that your wheels are correctly aligned. At the same time, we will check your suspension and tyre wear, to ensure your safe.
Wheel alignment can be affected by driving against a kerb, hitting a pothole or by excessive wear to steering or suspension components. Alignment of wheels and tyres to the specification required by your BMW, Mercedes or Mini is essential to gain the most enjoyment out of your vehicle.
Why bother having your wheels aligned & geometry resolved?
- Reduced Tyre Wear – Over the years, a properly aligned vehicle can add thousands of miles to tyre life.
- Better Fuel Economy – Correct alignment sets all four wheels minimising rolling resistance to give you massive fuel savings.
- Improved Handling – If your vehicle pulls to one side, steering wheel is off-centre or you have to keep moving the steering wheel to keep your car traveling straight ahead then a proper geometry and alignment will correct all this and ensure road shock is more efficiently absorbed for a smoother ride.
- Safer Driving – Autobarn’s alignment process includes checking your suspension spotting worn parts before they can cause costly problems.
How do I know if my car wheels are out of alignment?
It’s not always obvious, especially if the misalignment is slight, but there are signs to look out for:
- Uneven tyre wear on the fronts or the rears - If you can’t visibly see the wear, run your hands over the tyre and you can soon feel where the rubber has worn excessively, on the inside or outside edges.
- The car pulls to the left and right - When driving along a straight flat road and you either need to compensate through the steering to keep the car driving straight the car drifts to the left or right under braking.
- A crooked steering wheel - The steering wheel is not straight, even when driving straight.
Four Wheels are better than two!
At Autobarn our geometry & alignment equipment is the state of the art imaging system. This allows us to perform a full 4 wheel alignment check on your BMW, Mercedes, Mini.
Incredibly accurate adjustments can be made to your vehicle’s geometry and this includes adjustments to the camber, caster and toe, where necessary, which will ensure optimum performance and savings.
With such accurate readings, Four Wheel alignment allows adjustments of individual wheels that ensure the steering wheel is set straight. On modern cars, tracking alone is not enough and a full 4 wheel alignment/geometry is recommended to deliver complete results.
How often should the alignment be checked?
As a general rule it is wise to have your alignment checked every 12,000 – 15,000 miles or once a year.
However, it is also highly recommended when;
- You knowingly hit a kerb or pothole
- New tyres are fitted
- Steering and suspension components are replaced
- The vehicle has been involved in any form of accident or collision
If this sounds like your BMW, Mercedes or Mini then call us today on 01604 644266 to find out more, or to book your four wheel alignment check. And if your car is already booked in for a service or repair, simply mention you’d like a wheel alignment check to a member of staff, and they’ll add this to the schedule.