Stability is one of the greatest requirements for any vehicle. It is very important to maintain the alignment of your car, without which your vehicle is likely to pull to one side. This is something that even premium tyres cannot fix on their own. More common signs of a bad wheel alignment can range from the steering wheel not returning to the centre, loose steering to even excessive tire wear in certain spots.
When it comes to premium tires, Michelin Tyres, established in 1889 is one of the most famous brands. With its production paralleling big brands like Bridgestone and Goodyear, this French multinational tyre manufacturing company knows no bounds.
Its globalized nature makes it no stranger to the lanes of Aberdeen.
Even with quality tyres from Michelin, it is necessary to ensure timely wheel alignment. As part of your automobile maintenance, one must adjust the angles of wheels to the car manufacturer’s specifications. Adjusting your wheel through wheel alignment also known as breaking or tracking, can reduce tire wear and ensure that your vehicle travels on a straight side. Moreover, alignment angles can be altered for handling specifications.
Wheel Alignment to prevent unnecessary wear on Michelin tyres Aberdeen:
The basic angle alignment of the wheels which is directly relative to other wheels and the car body are the primary angles. The adjustments for the same are namely: camber, caster and toe. The three are further divided into front and rear, these three set the parameters for the wheels. Whilst camber and toe are present on both the front and rear ends, caster is only present on the front end.
The secondary angles also include numerous other adjustments, to name a few:
- Toe out on turns (left and right)
- Track width difference
- Wheelbase difference
- Frame angle
- Set back (front and rear)
When it comes to measurement, a camera unit, also called a ‘head’ at times, is attached to a clamp that is specially designed and holds on to the wheel. The alignment tower contains the cameras and flashes one array of LEDs whilst the camera looks for an image. This plays the same role as the other style of alignment equipment. This alleviates numerous issues prone to wheel imbalance, thereby fixing tire balance.
Finally, Camber is the angle with the vertical axis of the vehicle. This angle remains essential for the cornering performance of the tyres.
A positive camber would happen when the tyres lean outwards. It helps improve the steering response and decreases the efforts on the tyres when turning the vehicle. It is also provided in heavy-load vehicles to provide more stability.
A vehicle is said to have zero camber when the tyres stand perfectly straight on the ground.
A negative camber happens when the top of the tyres lean inwards. To improve the cornering performance, negative camber is provided. When a vehicle turns a corner, it experiences equal and opposite centripetal and centrifugal forces. The centripetal force is experienced in the form of friction on tyres, this friction can cause the tyres to bend inwards and this is how tyres Aberdeen get deformed due to constant bending. The area between the wheels and the ground decreases consequently. This in turn decreases the frictional force between the outer tires and the ground causing the vehicle to drift during cornering.
Therefore, with negative camber is given to vehicles so that during cornering, when the frictional forces try to deform the outer wheel they simply get flat on the ground increasing the friction with the road surface.
Therefore, proper wheel alignment is important to avoid unnecessary wear on tyres, steering, suspension, and brakes. It is important to get accurate wheel alignment to optimize driving stability, maximize tyre life, and improve your vehicle’s overall handling performance. Additionally, proper wheel alignment prevents tires to spin without causing unnecessary vibrations. The elimination of vibrations from the tyre and wheels ensures a smooth drive for everyone.
Therefore, in addition to purchasing tyres, it is also important to check your wheel alignment. To know more, subscribe to our blog and click on the redirection button.