Wheel Alignment Cornwall
Hunter 3D Wheel Alignment
Xpress is Cornwall’s only Hunter Wheel Alignment Centre. Incorrect wheel alignment can result in rapid tyre wear and can even affect the handling and safety of the vehicle.
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. Other wheel alignment systems offer laser beams that hang over the wheel. These are not as efficient as the accuracy is poor and not suitable for modern vehicles
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.
What is Wheel Alignment?
“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.
It’s worth keeping an eye out for unusual wear on your tyres, such as premature wear on the inside or outside shoulder, which could be caused by an incorrect camber setting.
HawkEye Elite Alignment System
Award Winning HawkEye Elite Alignment System comes to Cornwall.
Xpress Garage is delighted to announce the installation of the HawkEye Elite Alignment System. Manufactured by Hunter Engineering and winner of Motor magazines’ Top 20 Tool 2011 along with the Frost and Sullivan Innovation Award, this state of the art alignment system is the first and only equipment of this kind to be installed in Cornwall. It takes wheel alignment to another level! This system exceeds the capabilities of most main dealerships at a fraction of the cost. Four high resolution cameras provide alignment measurements with pin point accuracy giving a full vehicle geometry set up with a detailed digital printout in 90 seconds. Recommended by over 50 top car dealers and tyre manufactures, including, Rolls Royce, Jaguar, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Firestone, Kumho, Michelin and many more.
So what are the benefits? Reduces tyre wear – Improves fuel consumption, cutting running costs – Kinder to the environment – Improved handling which will mean Safer driving.
How do I know if my car wheels are out of alignment? Look for uneven wear on the front or rear tyres – The car pulls to the left and right – The steering wheel is not straight even when driving in a straight line. Misalignment will make the car less stable when taking emergency or evasive action.
How often should the alignment be checked? Every 12,000 – 15,000 miles or at least once a year. It is also recommended when – You hit a kerb or pothole – New tyres are fitted – Steering and suspension components are replaced – If the vehicle has been involved in any form of collision.
By having your car properly aligned, you will benefit in a number of ways. Please contact Xpress Garage today to find out more information about our Hunter Wheel Alignment service…
Wheel Alignment FAQs
Modern driving conditions can be hard on your car. Pot holes, badly broken road surfaces, bouncing up onto the kerb (tut tut) can all jar the suspension and steering moving them from their correct position.
The most obvious signs are uneven tyre wear, usually to the edges of the tread, or the steering wheel not sitting level when driving straight ahead. The car pulling to one side or an unusual “feel” to the handling are also reasons to get it checked.
Xpress use the latest Hunter Hawkeye alignment system which is the choice of many leading car manufacturers including Ferrari and Porsche. Hawkeye refers to the same technology seen on the TV, showing the position of the ball at cricket or tennis matches.
The Scissor lift we use, was designed to work with the Hunter system, ensuring accuracy and the safety of your vehicle.
Our technical director has fourteen years experience on Hunter Alignment System, from their original equipment through to the current evolution that we use. All Xpress staff are fully trained and certified in the use of our Hunter alignment system.
The Hunter alignment system takes many measurements from your vehicle, which it compares against a database of the manufacturer’s original specifications. The results are graphically represented on an easy to read, colour print-out. This shows all specifications that are in tolerance in green, and those that are not in red. We then carefully explain the implications of the results.
There is no charge for checking your vehicle, if the results show the need for re-alignment, charges start at just £30.00 inc. VAT. for toe-in adjustment, which is the most common requirement.
The check will take around 10 minutes. The time for re-alignment, depends on whether it is the front or front and back suspension that requires adjustment, the condition of the components and the levels of road dirt and corrosion. However, this is usually around 20-30 minutes.