All Wheel Alignment Stuff

All Wheel Alignment Stuff

Proper Wheel Alignment

Of course, specifically in the Halifax area of West Yorkshire .Having a high incidence of cars requiring Wheel Alignment. So, the primary cause for this is driving over potholes and speed bumps. Naturally, pothole damage can  alter the vehicle’s steering and suspension geometries. Significantly,damaging critical components such as tyres and steering parts.

Wheel alignment explained

Wheel alignment explained

Wheel alignment explained

A great video explaining  all about wheel Alignment.

Wheel alignment Tips : Keeping your vehicle in the middle of the road –

Wheel alignment Tips

Wheel alignment Tips

Wheel alignment Tips

Importantly, then I am sure that most modern motorists do in fact know about the issues around having wheel alignment done! Especially, So, this is now imperative when new tyres are fitted to your vehicle.

Wheel alignment, will cause problems with your steering! As well as premature tyre wear! Many motorists have new tyre fitted. Driving away only to find that the car is pulling to one side of the road or the other. We have all had a problem with their vehicle pulling to one side.

Primarily, this is due to your wheel alignment.

Tyres and Wheel Alignment wear out together

So what happens is that your tyres and steering wear together. Every thing is fine until you alter this phenomenon. Usually it is when you have your new tyres fitted. The cars alignment is set to your old tyres and the tyre wear. So, when new tyres are fitted then your alignment is going to require adjusting. Generally, motorists will have this work carried out initially.

However, those who do not will usually find out that the car will start to pull to one side. Nothing drastic but believe me it is really annoying. Consequently, the driver is always battling to keep the steering wheel straight. sadly this could be avoided by have your cars steering alignment corrected. Of course, at the time of having new tyres fitted?

Most drivers know that motoring is now at a much faster pace. So, we just need to jump into our vehicles and off we go. Most annoyingly, having a car that pulls to one side or indeed has a wheel wobble problem. So, is magnified many times when the car is driven at speed. Correct wheel balancing and a regular wheel alignment regime will prevent these annoying things from happening.

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Everybody’s heard of having a wheel alignment, but nobody really seems to know when you should actually have your wheels… Read more at Kudzu, Atlanta, GA

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Wheel – Why Wheel Alignment Matters

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Wheel Alignment-Tyresafe

Dale finishing a wheel alignment job

Wheel Alignment-Tyresafe

If you have ever had a car that pulls from left to right, or right to left. Of course, it will probably be the Wheel Alignment, that requires adjusting. Consequently, the car’s tyres will also wear off at one side or the other. This “wearing off” causes the tyres to wear prematurely.

A car that requires the wheel alignment correcting can also be unsafe to drive. This is the angle on the problem.

Eric Roberts

Keeping wheels correctly aligned is important for a number of reasons:

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Wheel Balancing is Important for that perfect ride?


Wheel balancing is important because it keeps your tyres, bearings and suspension system in order.

Wheel Balancing


This is a short but to the point article about the importance of having your wheels balanced.So, it is something that we in the tyre trade keep harping on about, but never the less is important. Most of us have witnessed their wheels out of balance, and had Wheel Balancing Problems . Mainly, when the steering wheel starts to shake driving down the motorway (freeway).

Wheel Balancing  will give you a better ride

Wheel balancing is one of the things in motoring terms that we take for granted. When I first started working in the tyre industry, we had a small piece of equipment. That we would use to balance the wheels, whenever we fitted a new tyre.

This was known as a bubble-balancer, and that is exactly what it was. You would sit a wheel on top of the balancer and a bubble. Similar to the ones in a spirit level. This would tell you when the wheel was out of balance by the tilt on the wheel and we had to counteract this at the opposite side by adding lead weights.

When the wheel was level and the bubble was dead central then the job was done and the wheel was fitted onto the car. The cars in those days were things like Ford Poplars and Morris 1000’s and so did not travel very far or go very fast.

Sit on Wheel Balancer was our first electric balancer.

There are different types of out of balance, “static balance”; vertical shaking that can come from a heavy spot on the tyre. This is what we would try to cure on our bubble balancer. This could also be cured on the next machine that came into use.

The machine was a sit on machine known as a On Car Wheel Balancing machine made by “Repco” and we would jack up the car put machine against the car wheel and we would then spin the electrically driven machine up to high speed. While the wheel was spinning a strobe light would make look like the wheel was in a still position we would then stop the machine with a type of brake and put a counter balance weight on the wheel depending where the tyres valve could be seen.

This method of wheel balancing was horrific.

The older guys in the industry. Will remember the fact that the wheels would shake violently. Then the vibrations would shake the cars to bits. Of course, whilst the poor customer looked on with terror in his eyes. This reminds of the “roller brake tester” used on the modern MOT test. When the car gets shaken to bits, having a brake test.

This method of balancing was not for the faint hearted and I was glad to see the back of them.

The next set of wheel balancers were the fore runners to today’s sophisticated machines. We would put the wheel on a spindle and spin it by hand. These balancers would correct “static”

wheel balancing

Aaron with our up to date modern wheel balancer

and “dynamic” out of balancing. The modern wheel balancer is equipped with many sensors and can pick up balancing problems at high and low speeds. These are necessary for today’s high speed cars and of course give the car drivers a smooth ride, (that’s if your wheels are balanced of  course).

On a regular basis in my opinion is at least once a month. Most members of one of the independent tyre organisations ,such as Point-S will check your wheel alignment and wheel balancing for free and will only charge you if the car is out of alignment and requires adjusting.

Wheel Balancing is part of having a new tyre fitted

Of course, today we balance your wheels as a matter of fact when you buy new tyres or have a puncture repaired. So, if you need a wheel balance just as a matter of fact and your steering wheel starts to shake at say 50 mph, then this is because you may have lost a balance weight or your tyre has become out of shape, due to perhaps a “slipped belt”, which can be caused by nail or screw damaging the steel belt in your tyre, putting the tyre out of shape and causing the wheel to be out of balance.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

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Had a wheel alignment done on your car- shouldn’t the steering wheel be straight?

Had a wheel alignment done on your car

steering wheel straight

Had a wheel alignment done on your car

So, as cars are getting more sophisticated then so are the steering systems. Including the need to keep your steering geometry up to scratch. If your alignment is out then your tyres are not working correctly. Significantly, your tyres are fighting against the road surface. Importantly, this is because it can also affect your fuel consumption.

Also we all know that towing in or towing out will scrub off your tyres. Especially more important if you are buying a set of new tyres. Younger drivers have been brought up on accepting that their wheel alignment is important. Consequently, they will ask for the alignment service when they have new tyres fitted. Often asking us to have it done !

A few years ago it was up to us to try and sell the service.

So, this acceptance from our customers has been the driving force behind me buying the most up to date equipment ! Especially, now that many cars are requiring all the 4 wheels aligned. BMW’s spring to mind. Most BMW’s need a 4 wheel alignment. Because of this then we have installed a brand new alignment system.

In the past then I rejected the idea ! Because the 4 wheel alignment machine had to be fitted to its own ramp. This restricted the amount of cars that we could work on ! However after a reshuffle of the whole bay then we were able to fit a new ramp. All our bays are now fitted with ramps making this much easier. So, our new tracking machine now sits on its own ramp. Thus offering a new better service for carrying out wheel alignments.

Steering wheel must be straight

Finally it is important to make sure that your steering wheel is straight after a wheel alignment has been carried out ?

Eric Roberts

Author Eric Roberts


Yes if your service center is doing a good job it should be straight when your going straight, on occasion if the crown in the road is excessive the wheel my be off a little. If  the wheel is off t…

Source: I have had a wheel alignment done on my car, should’t the steering wheel be straight? – Poiriers Service Center

Wheel alignment Tips

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension – Spring Car Care | North Bros Ford

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Of course, wheel alignments are very important to both tyre wear. Including, the very important part? the overall control of your vehicle. So, improper wheel alignment or, as they are also called, “tracking” can cause your tyres to wear unevenly and prematurely. Of course this also includes “vans”. Van drivers cover many more miles than most car drivers? So, it is just as important for your van to have the alignment checked at regular periods.

Out of alignment can also affect the position of your steering wheel ? That is why it’s very important to make sure the wheels of your vehicle are properly aligned by a professional.

When your wheels are out of alignment

So, your tyres are pointing in the wrong direction or at the wrong  angle. Subsequently, this affects your steering and suspension. Most importantly though, it can greatly affect your safety of the driver and the safety of your passengers.

If you think you have a steering problem ? How do your wheels get unaligned?

Steering and suspension parts are free moving ? So it doesn’t take much for your vehicle’s wheel alignment to become out of line. Several things that can cause improper wheel alignment are  including:

In my opinion the biggest cause-Running over potholes
Secondly- By hitting a curb
Thirdly- By bumping into concrete parking blocks ( these are getting more common where parking is being restricted)
Other causes are general wear and tear. This is affected when your vehicle ages. Subsequently, the rubber parts that contain lubricants start to dry up and crack. Of course, this causes ball and socket joints to become loose. So, getting progressively worse over time.

How often should you have your alignment checked?

Here at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax .it is recommended that you have your vehicle’s alignment checked every annual service. Or when you get your tyres changed. As a result, a lot can happen to your wheel alignment after 6,000 miles. The longer you wait to get your wheels aligned. Then the more damage can be caused. Especially to your tyres prematurely  wearing.

So van owners take heed?

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Source: Alignment & Suspension – Spring Car Care | North Bros Ford

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

BMW Wheel Alignment-How much should wheel alignment on a BMW cost?

BMW Wheel Alignment

BMW Wheel Alignment cost the same as any other car for a wheel alignment

 BMW wheel alignment

What does BMW alignment cost? I was charged $ 65 today (we charge £39.90 in Halifax) just to get the front end of my (How much should a four wheel alignment on a BMW cost?


Eric Roberts’ insight:

BMW wheel alignment the same as any other car?

Of course, the question of rear wheel alignment. So has always in my opinion been a grey area. Depending on the size of the garage business. Including  the garage owners priorities to what is spent on alignment equipment ! So,will determine whether or not they can afford a massive investment in a 4 wheel alignment machine.

Incredibly, the thing is that there are thousands of wheel alignment machines on the market. But they will only do what you want them to do in your own garage situation. Another point to look at . Before you invest in one of these alignment machines is the amount of space you have. Some are very large and you could find them difficult  to fit them into your workshop.

The larger franchise garages are usually of a modern construction. Of course,similar to an industrial warehouse. With a massive space inside for multiple ramps and alignment machines. But a garage like mine is built as an old fashioned tyre depot with individual bays. Naturally, when we fit a ramp into the bay. So, we don’t have the space to fit one of the “all singing all dancing” wheel alignment machines.

2019 Update ?

Recently, we have had a complete re-shuffle and re-arranged our garage space. Consequently, we have fitted a new ramp ! Capable of fitting our new 4 x wheel alignment machine. Of course, in the past I have been known to criticize the investment in these large expensive machines. However, car designs  and price competition have helped to change my mind.

Subsequently, we have purchased a brand new alignment machine and can now reset the tracking on most car models. Including, the BMW range at competitive prices.

In the end, these machines will all give the same results

It is like cars really, some are bigger and have many more extras, but in the end, they all get you from A to B. So in the past, we only offered to do the front wheel alignment, mainly because we are always busy and only have the time to do a front wheel alignment. Also, most cars do not have any adjustment for the rear Laser Wheel Alignment or you need special tools to adjust them.

Most customers are perfectly happy for us to do the front BMW Wheel Alignment; we always recommend it should be done when new tyres are fitted, or if their steering wheel is out of line and when they have hit a pothole or the kerb. This will then correct the problem and their car will drive much better when the alignment is adjusted.

We at Pellon Tyres here in Halifax West Yorkshire charge £39.90 for the BMW Wheel Alignment

Including £69.90 for the Four-Wheel BMW Wheel Alignment. Depending on the make and model of the car, to be correct and adjusted, (about $50) and it does not matter about the make of the car. So, the BMW is charged at the same rate as say a Toyota or a GM model. Naturally, we take them all on as they come ! Some are hard to do and some are easy, we feel that it is the easy way to do this.

If a car owner really wants a rear wheel alignment then we have Wheel Alignment Equipment to do the job the because perhaps his car has been involved in a collision, then we refer them to the guy who paid £22,000.00 for his alignment machine and sometimes takes two hours to complete?

I am not saying that there is anything wrong with these expensive machines, in my opinion, it is “horses for courses” and in the amount of space that I have got, I need an alignment machine that is portable and I can move from ramp to ramp.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.


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Wheel Alignment Check-Enjoy The Perfect Ride with Wheel Alignment & Balancing

Wheel Alignment Check

Wheel Alignment Check

Modern Wheel Alignment Check equipment used at Pellon Tyres Halifax UK

Pellon Tyres new Hofmann 4 wheel Alignment machine ask for a free  Wheel Alignment Check


Overall, you should always be mindful of your wheel alignment. The cost of wheel alignment is cheap if you consider the benefits it will give you.

Front end alignment does not take more than twenty minutes to accomplish with a computerized wheel alignment service. as a result here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK we are upgrading our machine.Hence to a new Hofmann 4 wheel alignment machine. Hence, with a customers print out.

Whichever the case, having a misaligned front wheel is very dangerous. Thus, for many reasons. One-Is that you lose control of the steering wheel, and second is that it could lead to more serious problems with the under chassis of your car.

When you are due for a front end alignment when you steering wheel veers to the left of right when you are moving on the road, you will know. This should not happen. It is very difficult to drive a car which is misaligned. Because, you always have to keep a tight control on the steering wheel. Making sure you do not cause any accidents on the road due to the lack of vehicle control.

Aside from tyres being worn out faster. Of course, you are also wasting fuel . Because, the engine of your car exerts more energy and so works harder just to enable your car to run straight. Consequently, when you have misaligned wheels. Of course, you are also using up a lot of your automatic steering and hydraulic fluid. Everything has to work harder. Including the driver of the car.

Wheel Alignment Check could save you money?

Of course, you are also running a great risk by driving your car with misaligned tyres. Front end alignment does not take more than twenty minutes to accomplish. Hence, with a Hofmann computerised wheel alignment service. Because, it is more accurate. Measuring the precise alignment of all four wheels. Subsequently, this is much better than our old manual wheel alignment gauges.

The front end alignment cost is cheap, costing £29.90 for both wheels. Depending on whether or not your steering parts are seized up or not?. On top of the alignment cost. You can also include wheel balancing service. For an additional fee of around £10 a wheel. Naturally, it is important to have the wheels of your car aligned.

Because, if you continue running your car with misaligned wheels. Then your tyres will wear prematurely. Also the tyres   will be worn out faster than the normal rate. The moment you notice a slight veering of the steering wheel either to the left or to the right. So you know your car needs front wheel alignment immediately.

Wheel Alignment Check

Thanks Eric Roberts.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee. Of course, for all our work and parts. Also selling  tyres online from our website Using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us. naturally, for work doing. Official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes. Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.



Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Wheel Alignment Problems-When and Why Do You Need a Wheel Alignment?

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Wheel Alignment Problems, is your car pulling to the left or right?

Are you ready for a summer trip? Is your car driving straight? 

The words wheel alignment

will be heard thousands of times a year by any member of the motoring fraternity. One of the most common first signs that your wheel alignment is out, will be that your steering wheel will be out of line and not feel to in a straight line, hence when you are cruising along your car feels to be pulling to one side or the other.

If you should happen notice that your vehicle pulls significantly . Either, to the left or right . Especially, when you are driving along in your car . On  a straight, flat road. hence with not much wind about. Then you will probably having  Alignment Problems. Another bad sign is when you notice that your  tyres are wearing off. Especially at the edges of the tread area. Then this means that your alignment will need adjusting . Of course,, to correct your  Alignment Problems . As a result, you should take your car to a local tyre dealer or a good  garage. Especially, in your local area to have its wheel alignment checked. of course, this is an easy job for your tyre guy to perform. Especially. if your vehicle’s wheels are not properly aligned. Therefore, it will cause abnormal and premature wearing of your tyres.

When this happens it is best to take to your car  it into the local  Service centre or Tyre shop, to have your (wheel alignment or sometimes known as tracking) adjusted.


This can usually be done while you wait or when you have new tyres fitted. Incidentally, we now have a brand new 4 wheel alignment centre installed. Of course we are now able to offer a much better alignment service. Because of  this we are able to offer a much more “four wheel” alignment service. Of course we can also keep down the price of the regular front wheel alignment service. So, having your alignment carried out on a modern alignment centre that operates by laser beams. Should only be charged between £30 and £40 for the job doing. Of course, the  more expensive machines can also give you a print out to keep after the work is done.

Wheel Alignment Problems

  Some cars require a 4 wheel alignment, but you will find this out by asking you Auto centre to check this out in the cars manual or their Autodata computer data-base…

Eric Roberts


Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Significantly, we are members of Unipart Car Care centres . So, able to Give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Selling Budget Tyres Online from our website . Using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. As a result, we offer courtesy cars to local motorists. Who need to go to work and leave their car. Hence,with us for work doing. Of course, we are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes. Finally, carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

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Four Wheel Alignment Adjusted+ Can Also be known as (Tracking)here in Halifax Yorkshire UK.

Four Wheel Alignment Adjusted

Four Wheel Alignment Adjusted

Four Wheel Alignment Adjusted

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Wheel Alignment is very important

If you are going to have a new set of tyres fitted. Then it will pay you to have the four wheel alignment checked. Of course, if it is out then adjusted to the correct settings. Ensuring that you your new tyres will have the best start possible. What I mean is that when your steering geometry is set correctly. Then your car will perform to its maximum, and the steering will feel correct and

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Worn tyre edges due to the wheel alignment being out

the steering wheel will be straight.

We all know the feeling when the car steering wheel is off centre and when you try to straighten the wheel the car veers to the left or right, not very comfortable at all, this what wheel alignment equipment does for you, it will correct that and the car will steer and drive perfectly. There are many types of alignment machines on the market place and in my opinion they all do the same job, they correct your cars alignment. The one featured in this article from the back of a van, will do just the same job as an all whistling £20000 machine that sits on its own car lift and gives you a computer printout at the end it. They all do the same final job and read the state of your cars Wheel Alignment Halifax

Four Wheel Alignment Adjusted

W.heel alignment will affect the amount of wear  that your tyres have to withstand. The  alignment settings on most cars is designed to minim wear and tear and keep a high level of driver and passenger control and comfort.y carrying out the correct four wheel alignment you will reduce wear on the tread rubber of your tyres, this will give you a comfortable increase in their life and performance, the correct alignment will also  improve your cars fuel economy.  It will also keep high standards for the cars  handling and driving safety by minimizing your cars  steering and stability problems.

Misalignment can be caused by hitting a kerb or driving over a pothole, it can also be thrown out in more severe cases like a collision or other forms of accidents, which could easily knock your cars suspension out of alignment. Misalignment can usually happen as your cars suspension and steering parts wear out or when they are replaced. When your cars wheel alignment is incorrect, then rapid tyre wear will happen especially on either of the tyres edges, where the tread and the sidewall meet each other, and vehicles handling will be badly affected. It is usually the case that you will have to replace your damaged tyres sooner than expected.

To update we have now invested in a new Hofmann four wheel alignment machine.

Wheel Alignment Adjusted

This tyre is worn out on one side due the wheel alignment being out.



Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.