Coleman Tyre Company - Wheel Alignment

How’s your wheel alignment?

Badly-aligned suspension wears tyres out rapidly and can affect your car’s handling. A correct wheel alignment can save you on the cost of tyres.

Camber and castor angles which are “out” cause uneven wear to your tyres and your car is unable to track “true”. We recommend a wheel alignment at the time of fitting tyres and at regular intervals thereafter. Wheels which may be only a fraction out of alignment can drag along the road instead of rolling along it.

What is wheel alignment?

Camber
Camber is the measurement in degrees of the angle of the tyre from vertical when seen from the front or rear. A tyre tilting out at the top has positive camber, inward tilt is negative camber. Positive camber is normal in a stationary road car. The tyre becomes approximately vertical once the vehicle is in motion.



Castor
The relationship between the steering axis and true vertical is the castor. Zero castor is when the steering axis is vertical. When the steering axis is tilted backwards (by far the most common design) it has positive castor. Unequal castor from side to side causes steering pull to the side which has the least amount of positive castor.



Toe In
Toe in is the difference in distance between the front of the wheels and the rear of the wheels. Most vehicles have some inward pointing of the wheels when stationary, the wheels become approximately parallel when the vehicle is in motion.

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