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Wheel Alignment 

We at Imperial Tyres pride ourselves on the service we give when carrying out wheel alignment on our customer's vehicles. We use the very best in technology by using the Hunter Hawkeye Alignment System, allowing us to measure the vehicle accurately.
We start the wheel alignment process by ensuring there is no joint or bush play and then setting the tyre pressures to guarantee the vehicle is at sitting level. The targets are then placed on each wheel. Once all customer details and vehicle specs are loaded, the vehicle is moved a quarter of a turn, which then records the alignment results, toe and camber angles. The caster measurement is then taken, by turning the steering wheel to the left and then to the right. Once all measurements have been taken, the vehicle is ready to be adjusted. 

It is important to understand that not all vehicles are fully adjustable. In this case, we will adjust every point that the vehicle allows. 

Imperial Tyres have over 30 years’ experience in the wheel alignment industry, servicing all the main vehicle agents and body repair shops in and around Swindon. 
 

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We at Imperial Tyres pride ourselves on the service we give when carrying out wheel alignment on our customer's vehicles. We use the very best in technology by using the Hunter Alignment System, allowing us to measure the vehicle accurately. 

This system precisely measures the axle angles, toe settings, camber & caster and set back on the axles, any measurements out of manufacturer tolerances will be adjusted or would recommend replacement parts

Imperial Tyres have invested in the latest Hunter commercial wheel alignment system, DSP 700 to help you save money on extra fuel cost and poorly wearing tyres, increased wear on suspension joints by having your trucks expertly aligned by our team.

We would recommend every truck to be aligned at least once a year, after a suspension joint change, or after a hefty knock to the wheels.

 

What causes wheel misalignment?

There are various factors that could cause your vehicle’s wheels to be misaligned. One of the most common causes is sudden impact, such as hitting a curb or pothole. You’ll know if your wheels are misaligned because you may find your vehicle pulling to the right or left, or your tires have worn down much quicker than they should. 

 

Misalignment affects performance

Steered axles - incorrect toe-in/toe-out

 

If the toe-settings are out of tolerance, the results are:

 

  • Poor steering quality
  • Longer braking distances
  • Irregular tyre wear on the inner or outer shoulders
  • Increased rolling resistance
  • Fuel consumption increases by up to 4.5%

 

Trailer axles - out of square

A trailer with axles out of square will require constant correction to the steering as well as taking extra road width.

 

  • Out of square axles produce:
  • Increased driver fatigue
  • Increased mechanical wear and tear on the suspension
  • Increased rolling resistance
  • Irregular tyre wear on the inner or outer shoulders
  • Fuel consumption increases up to 18.5%

 

How does the wheel alignment process look?

We start the wheel alignment process by ensuring there is no joint or bush play and then setting the tyre pressures to guarantee the vehicle is at sitting level. The targets are then placed on each wheel. Once all customer details and vehicle specs are loaded, the vehicle is moved a quarter of a turn, which then records the alignment results, toe and camber angles. The caster measurement is then taken, by turning the steering wheel to the left and then to the right. Once all measurements have been taken, the vehicle is ready to be adjusted. 

 

It is important to understand that not all vehicles are fully adjustable. In this case, we will adjust every point that the vehicle allows. 

Imperial Tyres have over 30 years’ experience in the wheel alignment industry, servicing all the main vehicle agents and body repair shops in and around Swindon.