Tyres & Tracking
With 3 deliveries a day we can fit the exact tyre that you want and need rather than just what we have on the shelf. Winter, summer, snow, run flat extra load, low profile and from all the major tyre manufacturers. We can also supply all makes and sizes of motor cycle tyres and van/light commercial van tyres up to 24” wheel size.
Equipped with the latest lever-less Hoffman tyre changer and Laser guided wheel balancer we can ensure your valuable alloys are not damaged or marked in the changing process and that any balancing weights are discreetly hidden, keeping the ‘look’ of your vehicle perfect and unaffected.
Nitrogen tyre inflation
Why fill your tyres with Nitrogen?
If a tyre is filled with compressed air, the moisture in the air is also blown in filling the tyre with air and moisture. The presence of water and oxygen slowly corrodes the internal tyre rim causing a slow puncture effect. Filling your tyre with only nitrogen eliminates this all together and can ensure your tyre’s pressure remains optimal for three to four times longer.
Improvements with the vehicles handling, fuel efficiency and tyre life have been noted as tyres filled with nitrogen have cooler running temperatures and better tyre pressure retention.
Nitrogen in Tyres is no gimmick, The moon buggy in 1969-70 used nitrogen in its tyres
Commercial aircraft will ONLY put Nitrogen in the aircraft tyres
Formula 1 teams have been using Nitrogen in their tyres since 1992.
Tyres can use air or nitrogen obviously you will get full benefit if all your tyres are correctly filled with nitrogen.
Can I refill a nitrogen tyre with air? Yes, you can top it up or refill with air but obviously you then loose the benefit of having nitrogen in the tyre.
Is your vehicle pulling to one side of the road?
Is your steering wheel straight? Or has it suddenly shifted position?
Are your tyres wearing unevenly or wearing out prematurely?
If you answered yes to any of the above its worth having your tracking checked and potentially adjusted.
During a four-wheel alignment one of our technicians will use our laser guided equipment to measure the caster, camber and toe of your vehicle. If the angles of any of these three factors are found to be out of the manufacture’s specified range, our technicians can adjust to match wear they should be, this ensures you have even tyre wear, efficient fuel economy and a smooth ride. Both a front end and rear end alignment is carried out during this process.
We will always recommend a full four-wheel alignment over just a two wheel alignment, this ensures that not only are the front wheels aligned correctly but the rears are also preventing any potential for crabbing or uneven wear.
What is Camber, toe and caster?
Look at the example image across, as you can see the left wheel is angled with a negative camber and the right wheel is angled with positive camber. Every vehicle is different, and the manufactures specify what angle the camber of your vehicle should be set to.
Positive camber is more prominent in vehicles that require more stability and better ride quality, so most everyday vehicles.
Negative camber tends to be found on high preformance vehicles in which the cornering is improved with a negative camber. In any case the manufacturer of your vehicle has set angles for this and we will align your vehicle to its exact requirements.
Caster is all about straight lines. Bicycles are the best example of what caster is, the reason your bicycle steers in a straight line even when you take your hands off the handlebar is because the front spindle on your bicycle has a forward angle or ‘caster’ built in. This principle also applies for your vehicle, your car travels down the road in a straight line with little to no handling from the driver because of its caster setting.
If you notice your car is pulling either left or right when driving in a straight line it can mean that your caster setting is out of alignment and needs readjusting. Your caster setting also affects the return-ability of you steering wheel, by this we mean when you turn around a corner your steering wheel will spin back to the straight-ahead position.
Toe put simply is the angle at which your tyres point inwards or outwards from a bird’s eye view. Correct toe on your vehicle is essential for even tyre wear, your tyres will scrub on the inner or outer edges if the toe of the wheels is not set up correctly.
There is either positive or negative toe.
Positive toe is when your front wheels toe in and face each other, this reduces turning ability however it can create straighter driving characteristics as both front wheels have a greater force constantly against one another. You would typically find that rear wheel drive cars have a slightly positive toe.
Negative toe increases a car’s cornering ability, this is because when the car begins to turn into a corner, the inner wheel will be angled more than the outer. The inner wheel’s turning radius is smaller than the outer thus pulling the car in the direction of steering. As a result, negative toe decreases straight line stability, meaning a slight change in direction can cause the car to ‘pull’ towards that instead of keeping straight on the road.
Toe is one of the most fundamental elements to a vehicle’s tracking and we advise that it is always best to use the alignment angles set by the manufactures, they have spent countless hours of research and development into making vehicles safe for everyday road use.