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Wheel Alignment

Correct alignment is critical for safe handling and long tyre life. You should always have a wheel alignment completed when fitting new tyres and approximately every 10,000km to get the longest life from your tyre investment.

Balcatta Tyrepower offers outstanding alignment services to our customers. We are highly knowledgeable in tyre alignment and do our best to make sure the job is done right. At our store, we always strive to provide you with excellent customer service.

Our experts are highly trained to provide our customers with a great service at a very affordable cost. We only use the best tools and highest-trained workforce to perform our services. When choosing services, our staff will work with you to determine exactly what you need to keep your tires aligned and your car on the road.

Wheel Alignment

With our dedicated mechanics and affordable prices, we will gladly check your tyres for alignment issues and fix all issues so that your vehicle will be safe for yourself and passengers.

Our staff are trained highly in all tyre and tyre-related services, with full license to work on vehicles. Their skills are top-notch and they are able to not only repair your vehicle, but also work with you to have your repairs made at the lowest possible cost.

At Balcatta Tyrepower, all staff are trained to take care of your needs for tyre alignment. Each tyre will be checked one-by-one and alignment issues will be determined based on the tests done by our mechanics. Each mechanic is trained and licensed to take care of the services provided at Balcatta Tyrepower and will do their best to provide you with a good experience while working on your vehicle. All staff is dedicated to providing you with the best customer service possible.

With a dedicated staff and affordable prices, Balcatta Tyrepower offers high-brand tyres and top-notch services. A highly-trusted tyre service provider, we will work diligently to fix your tyre alignment issues. Our affordable prices are kept as low as possible on our name-brand products, making us a great choice for all of your tyre and tyre-related service needs.

Balcatta Tyrepower offers cheap tyre alignment services in Perth, servicing Osborne Park, Malaga, and Wangara, and is highly accredited. Our staff is professional and knowledgeable in the services offered. With our affordable prices and quick service, we are a great choice for all of your vehicle repair needs.

For all of your tyre and tyre-related service needs, give Balcatta Tyrepower a call on (08) 9345 2977. You won’t be disappointed!

Balcatta Tyrepower provides wheel alignments in Balcatta and the surrounding areas, including Duncraig, Karrinyup. North beach, Marangaroo and Girrawheen. Maintaining regular wheel alignments will greatly assist in achieving maximum tyre wear and enhance the overall safety and handling of your vehicle.

Wheel Alignment Basics

Did you know? A wheel alignment service actually involves adjusting the vehicle’s suspension – not actually the tyres or wheels. That being said, the direction and angles that the tyres point after the wheel alignment is complete are critically important.

There are five key components to a good wheel alignment service: caster, camber, toe, thrust and ride height. These are covered in detail below:

Caster

Caster is the angle of the steering axis (the part of the suspension that supports the wheel and tyre assembly). Viewed from the side of the vehicle, an imaginary line drawn between the centres of the upper and lower ball joints forms an angle with true vertical; this is defined as caster.

The illustration shows whether this angle is referred to as positive or negative. Caster is important to steering feel and high-speed stability.

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Camber

Viewed from the front of the vehicle, camber describes the inward or outward tilt of the tyre. The illustration shows whether this tilt is referred to as positive or negative.

The camber adjustment maximises the tyre-to-road contact, and takes into account the changes of force when a vehicle is turning. Camber is the one adjustment that can be set according to driving habits.

Generally, if you drive more aggressively when concerning, a more negative camber can be set. If you drive on highways and do very little hard cornering, more positive camber can be set.

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Toe

Toe describes whether the fronts of the tyres are closer (toe-in) or farther apart (toe-out) than the rears of the tyres. The illustration shows this relationship, viewed from above.

To settings vary between front and rear wheel drive vehicles. In a front wheel drive, the front wheels try to pull toward each other when the vehicle is in motion, which requires a compensating toe-out setting. A rear-wheel drive vehicle works just the opposite, necessitating a toe-in setting.

Stated differently, toe is set to let the tyres roll in parallel (at zero toe) when the vehicle is in motion.

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Ride height

Put simply, ride height is the distance between the vehicle’s frame and the road. This is the reference point for all alignment measures. Vehicle customising very often will include raising or lowering the vehicle. If you do this, don’t forget to have a wheel alignment service afterwards. This also applies if you put a taller or shorter tyre on your vehicle.

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Misalignment and Tyre Wear

By now you may have concluded that poor tyre wear and misalignment are closely related. That of course is true, but what can be done to minimise this condition?

Many of the above wheel alignment conditions can be easily determined, if you know what to look out for. To help with this, take a look at the following chart:

Misalignment Condition Tyre Wear Symptom
Incorrect camber setting Premature smooth wear on either inside or outside shoulder
Incorrect toe setting Feathered wear across tread; raised tread block edges
Incorrect caster setting Excessive shoulder wear; tread blocks show “heel-toe” wear pattern
Unequal caster setting (either right or left side is out of specification) Sharp pulling necessitates steering compensation and feather wear
Unequal toe setting Sharp pulling necessitates steering compensation and feathered wear
Combination of two or more settings are out of specification Irregular tread wear, with feathering and smooth spots

This chart is not exhaustive, but if you learn to spot these symptoms early, you can get a lot more tread wear from your tyres. Alternatively, you can always pop into your local Tyrepower and speak to a professional who will be able to diagnose your tyres.

Worn parts

It’s important to note that tyres take the brunt of a range of problems. Replacing the old ones is not always the solution. For example, in a lot of cases a worn suspension is the cause of a wheel alignment problem. If you simply replaced the tyres, you’d quickly find your new tyres begin to reflect the same problems you had before.

There are many other parts that can wear out and cause wheel alignment issues. On older vehicles, worn springs can lower a vehicle’s ride height, altering its geometry and creating a misalignment (as mentioned above, all alignment settings are dependent on ride height). Weak springs can also contribute to uneven or “cupped” tyre wear.

Another common problem is worn ball joints. The symptoms here are erratic handling, slow steering response and irregular tyre wear. Finally, worn tie roads can allow the tyre to wander left to right, effectively changing toe as the vehicle rolls down the road. Irregular feathering will develop on the tyre tread when this is the problem.

Tyre imbalance

If your tyres haven’t been fitted properly, this can cause imbalances and lead to your wheels becoming misaligned. That’s why it’s always recommended you get a professional to complete your tyre fittings.

Again, this isn’t an exhaustive list, but if you stay alert to these common problems, it may help you schedule an early visit to your mechanic and save on tyre wear.

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