Tracking


Do you need to have your vehicles tracking or wheel alignment checked?

Do you need the camber/castor adjusted? Do you need a replacement track rod because it is worn out? Can we advice you on uneven Tyre wear?

Wheel alignment, sometimes referred to as tracking consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are set to the car maker’s specification. The purpose of these adjustments is to reduce tyre wear, and to ensure that vehicle travel is straight and true.
All new vehicles leave the factory with their alignment checked and adjusted. Once the vehicle’s tracking has been set and the suspension has settled, the wheel alignment will not alter.

Reasons for adjustments:

The main reason to have your tracking checked and possibly adjusted will be if the track rod end has been replaced, alternatively should the vehicle been involved in any collision with for instance a kerb, then there is a possibility that the steering arm may have been damaged or bent slightly. By adjusting the tracking we can reset the wheel alignment and take out any intolerance.

Common Misconception:

The most common misconception with tracking or wheel alignment is that due uneven tyre wear, specifically around the inner or outer edges of tyres will mean that your vehicle tracking is out. This is incorrect, the most common reason for uneven tyre wear is under inflation of the tyres and overuse of power steering. (see the disadvantages in our power steering section)

Does your tracking need setting?

The answer is generally, probably not. If you know the history of your vehicle and you know that no damage has occurred throughout its life then it is unlikely to need the tracking adjusted.
Unfortunately the problem with tracking is that you may not notice these defects until after a few months of usage or after running some distance.
Tyre wear leads to frequent replacement of tyres thus adding to running cost for the consumer.
We would recommend that you book your vehicle in for the specific problem that you might have and allow our technicians to judge on what is required to repair or replace. We are happy to advice you on the way forward to try and avoid unnecessary repair or replacement costs.
The typical alignment on a vehicle takes about an hour under ideal circumstances. When fasteners and hardware are rusted or seized, extra time may be required or parts may need to be replaced.

Why Choose Pentagon?

We at Pentagon Motorist Centre in Medway have established a superb reputation for high quality replacement services, refer to our testimonials from our customers from Chatham, Gillingham and Rochester on our testimonial page.
On many occasions when carrying out a diagnosis a partial strip down is necessary. Should you agree to have any necessary work completed at this time, this initial diagnosis becomes free due to the fact that your vehicle has been partially stripped down already.
So if you think your car needs the tracking set up because the wheel alignment is out because you have had a track rod end replaced. Or are your tyres showing signs of uneven wear, come to Pentagon Motorist Centre in Chatham we are close to both Gillingham and Rochester in Medway making us the idea garage for shoppers and commuters.

 

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