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Setting the track

Due to vibrations, for example when driving over large potholes or kerbs, the steering geometry of your vehicle can become distorted; the track setting is no longer correct. This makes itself felt in an unpleasant driving experience and results in higher wear of the vehicle parts. At Garage Reusser, our professionals use the latest technology to check the steering geometry of your vehicle and, if necessary, adjust the tracking professionally.

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What exactly is the tracking?

In the car's chassis, all elements are coordinated with each other. This also applies to the tyres, which must be positioned exactly at a certain angle and distance from each other. Toe describes the position of the wheels of an axle in relation to each other. If the tyres are closer together at the front than at the rear, this is called toe-in. If they are slightly outwards, it is toe-out. In addition, the angle of the wheel to the vertical must be set correctly; this is referred to as positive or negative camber. A slightly negative camber is common, as it allows better transmission of lateral forces. The optimally adjusted toe ensures the optimal steering behaviour of the vehicle.

How to detect the need of tracking adjustment
  • The steering wheel is not centred when driving straight; the vehicle seems to pull to the left or right when driving straight.

  • Oversteering or understeering can be felt.

  • After a bend, it seems difficult to bring the car back onto the straight track.

  • Noticeable noise

  • Asymmetrically worn tyres

Why a good track setting is important

Correct wheel alignment is important in order not to compromise driving safety and braking performance and to avoid increased tyre wear. Shock absorbers and springs also often have a shorter service life if the steering geometry is incorrect. A misaligned track can also cause increased rolling resistance, which increases fuel consumption.

Ideally aligned steering geometry is essential for safe, comfortable and economical driving.

When it makes sense to have the tracking adjusted

The steering geometry should be checked at regular intervals. We recommend a preventive axle alignment once a year or every 20'000 to 30'000 km. After driving over large potholes or kerbs, but also after changes to the chassis, springs, shock absorbers or track rods, a track adjustment should always be made.

Need to set the track?

...and drive safely again!

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