The Importance of Four Wheel Alignment for Safety and Handling

Badly aligned wheels can lead to a whole range of issues with your car. Including poor handling, vibration while driving and a misaligned steering wheel. Unfortunately, it is very easy to knock your wheel alignment out. All it takes is a clipped curb or surprise pothole!

Quality vehicles will have independent suspension on all four wheels, meaning each one can be adjusted. Our specialist equipment can check the three angles important for optimal performance – castor, cambre and tracking. We can check and tweak these three angles to meet the specifications of the manufacturer or make adjustments if you are looking for more performance or utility than is standard for the model.

Although the changes to your wheels will not be visible, the change in handling and driving experience is impossible to miss. Our Four Wheel Alignment service is an efficient service to improve your car’s safety, longevity and performance.

What is a four wheel alignment service?

A four wheel alignment service, also known as a wheel alignment, is a critical automotive maintenance procedure that involves adjusting the angles of all four wheels of a vehicle to ensure they are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground.

The primary goal of a four wheel alignment is to optimise tyre performance, promote even tyre wear, and enhance overall vehicle handling.

The key alignment angles adjusted during this service are the camber, caster, and toe.

Camber refers to the tilt of the wheels inward or outward, caster pertains to the angle of the steering axis, and toe deals with the angle at which the front or rear wheels point towards each other or away from each other.

Proper alignment not only extends the lifespan of your tyres but also contributes to fuel efficiency, steering stability, and overall driving safety. Regular four wheel alignment checks and adjustments are crucial for maintaining a smooth and controlled ride, preventing uneven tyre wear, and ensuring optimal handling characteristics for your vehicle.

How long does a four wheel alignment service take?

Of course, it depends on the vehicle, but in general, our four wheel alignment service takes just 30 minutes to complete.

How much does a four wheel alignment service cost?

Our four wheel alignment service starts from £118.00. You can book your car in online here.

What if I don’t get a four wheel alignment done to my car?

Ignoring a needed four wheel alignment can lead to several negative consequences for your car and driving experience, including safety concerns, performance issues and potential legal concerns. Not getting a four wheel alignment service when you need to can result in:

  • Uneven tyre wear
  • Premature tyre wear and replacement
  • Steering problems
  • Suspension damage
  • Failed MOT

About Mercury Cars, Essex

Here at Mercury Car Centre, Essex, we provide top-quality car four-wheel alignment servicing and repairs from people you can trust. And if you’re looking to save money on what it costs to service and maintain your car – up to 60% in many cases – you’ve come to the right place too! That’s because you get the best of both worlds – quality and price – when you choose Mercury Car Centre.