Is 4 wheel alignment the same as tracking?

Is 4 wheel alignment the same as tracking?

Wheel alignment, also known as tracking, checks the direction and angle of the wheels to ensure they’re perpendicular to the road and parallel to each other. You can choose a 2 wheel alignment (front axle) or 4 wheel alignment (front and rear axles).

What is 4 wheel laser alignment?

4 wheel laser alignment is otherwise known as tracking. It is a service that sets all of your wheels in the straight ahead position, give or taker a few mm. All cars have a setting they need to be adjusted to in order to maximise fuel performance, improve stability and ensure tyres wear evenly (improving their life).

How much does a 4 wheel alignment machine cost?

How much does an alignment machine cost? If you are buying a brand-new alignment machine, expect costs that start at $10,000 and range to $34,000.

How often should I get my tracking done?

How often do I need to do wheel tracking? Due to the rate at which your tyres wear being related to correct wheel alignment, you should try and get your car wheels tracked regularly. Many expert mechanics will recommend that it should be done once a year, every 10000 miles or if tyres are wearing unevenly.

Is wheel balancing the same as wheel tracking?

While tracking and alignment are almost (but not quite!) the same thing, balancing is an entirely different process. However, all three are equally important for good vehicle road handling, ensuring longevity, even wear and optimum tyre safety.

How is wheel tracking done?

Nowadays, wheel tracking is carried out by numerous beams which possess the ability to measure the angle at which all four wheels set, at least three points around the wheel’s circumference. This is a two-person job, one person will hold the steering wheel straight while another will check the alignment.

How do you read alignment results?

Just like a stop light, green means go, yellow means caution, and red means stop. So, too, does the alignment report. Red often indicates that the alignment is too negative or positive while green means the measurement is right on target.

What is bad alignment numbers?

A positive number for example, means that the wheel has too much camber, caster, or toe. A negative number means that there is not enough in the angle of camber, caster, or toe. Both numbers indicate the adjustment needs to be made in the opposite direction.

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