Wheel Alignment

Geometry – Tracking – The key to proper tyre wear and fuel economy.

Fast road or track alignment
Incorrect alignment can result in rapid irregular tyre wear and can even affect the handling and safety of the vehicle as well as having a negative effect on its fuel economy.

Orbit Wellingborough & Rushden are equipped with the Hunter Hawk Eye Elite wheel alignment system. This offers unparalleled accuracy and reliability of readings as well as setting data for all makes and models, including all imports.

The Hawk Eye system uses infra-red cameras and wheel mounted targets to take live readings of where your wheels are positioned. This allows readings for Front Camber, Toe & Caster and Rear Camber & Toe. This state of the art technology is a level above the equipment used by the vehicle manufacturers and is accurate to a single arc minute.

A computer generated before and after report will be produced to show exactly what has been done.

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Wheel alignment can be affected by driving against a kerb, hitting a pothole in the road or by excessive wear to steering or suspension components. Alignment of wheels and tyres to the specification required by your vehicle is an important way to guarantee a smooth ride and to get the most out of your tyres.

The direction and angle at which tyres are set are both important. Wheel alignment or ‘tracking’ involves checking the direction and angle against vehicle manufacturers’ specifications. These are often described as toe in, toe out, positive camber or negative camber and a front axle caster angle reading.

“Toe” refers to whether the front of the tyres are closer or further apart than the rear of the tyres. Different types of vehicles need different toe settings to allow for the way that wheels pull either towards each other or apart.

“Camber” is the inward or outward tilt of a tyre. The camber is set by the vehicle manufacturer, and can be affected by potholes in the road and may need to be adjusted periodically.

“Caster” is the angle created by your upper suspension point and the centre of the hub. This is only on the front of the vehicle and affects the self centre effect of the steering. This can be adjusted on many high end vehicles including Mercedes and BMW.

Orbit has the equipment and training to carry out this service on your car using the latest optical virtual space alignment equipment.