Wheel Alignment and Tracking
in Walsall

Cost-effective Tyre Alignment in Walsall and across the West Midlands

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At James Price's Garage in Walsall we use top quality tyre alignment equipment to help resolve your Wheel alignment issues. Our garage is ideal for anyone based in the West Midlands.

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Why wheel alignment is important

Wheel alignment, or tracking, is the process of ensuring your vehicle’s wheels are set to the optimum position, as per the car manufacturer’s specifications.

Incorrect alignment can result in rapid irregular tyre wear and can even affect the handling and safety of the vehicle.

Wheel alignment problems can be caused by hitting a kerb, driving into a pothole in the road or by excessive wear to steering or suspension components.

 

It is important to get your wheel alignment checked annually to ensure you get the most out of your tyres.

Keep an eye out for unusual wear on your tyres, such as premature wear on the inside or outside shoulder, which could be a sign of incorrect alignment.

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When do I need wheel alignment?

  • Uneven or abnormal tyre wear

  • Drag or pulling to one side

  • Steering wheel vibration

  • Scrubbing or squealing noises at low speeds

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Wheel Alignment FAQs

What’s a Wheel Alignment?


Though it’s sometimes so subtle you won’t notice, the alignment of your wheels can get out of whack from the jolts and mishaps of everyday driving. This reduces your vehicle’s drivability, lowers gas mileage and causes early tire wear. An alignment is the process of adjusting the angles of your vehicle’s wheels back to original specifications




Are Alignments Necessary?


An alignment improves driving safety by keeping the right amount of the tire in contact with the road and preventing your vehicle from pulling to the left or right. A properly aligned vehicle has a smoother ride and optimal gas mileage. Keeping the wheels aligned also extends tire life.




What Affects Wheel Alignment?


Over time, normal settling of the suspension — plus fatigue of springs and bushings (rubber cushions that dampen the amount of movement and noise) — will gradually change alignment. Impacts like hitting a pothole, going over big bumps, rubbing up against a curb or rolling over debris can push the wheels out of alignment. Aggressive driving, carrying heavy loads, bent or worn suspension parts (tie rods, ball joints, strut mounts and bearing plates) or a slight fender-bender can trigger misalignment.




How Can I Tell If My Wheels Are Misaligned?


Diagnosing misalignment isn’t always clear-cut. Because the measurements can be very fine, you may not see it with a quick look at the tires and wheels. You may notice the steering wheel is off-center, feel a pull or drift or notice your handling isn’t up to par. The only way to know for sure is to have a trained technician run a check on an alignment machine.




Will It Affect My Tires?


Yes. If they show moderate-to-severe edge wear or feathered wear, it likely means they’re being dragged along rather than rolling smoothly. This is often an indicator that the toe or the camber angle is off.





Get your Wheel Alignment fixed at James Price's Garage

Regular wheel alignment can reduce uneven tyre wear, improve vehicle handling and steering and save you money by lowering fuel consumption.