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Wheel Alignment Terms: Laser vs Tracking
Looking to enhance your garage revenue with wheel alignment? Maybe your customers are becoming wiser to alignment and searching for a more comprehensive service? Offering 4 wheel laser alignment could be the answer.
Every garage is looking for new ways to strengthen their services - especially within alignment. Having proved to be one of the most lucrative sources of revenue throughout the automotive equipment industry, wheel alignment is continuing to evolve.
4 Wheel Laser wheel alignments may be the next step in conquering your closest rivals. Step one: understanding it!
4 Wheel Laser vs Optical Gauges
From the uninitiated, we often get asked the difference in these terms and how they are related if not the same thing.Put simply, 4 wheel laser alignment measures on all four wheels ensuring the car is no longer crabbing, a phrase to remember is the "rear wheels steer the vehicle". Also when you consider 70% of manufacturers now have rear tracking as well as the front, there is extra revenue to be made, but the most important aspect is you will have a straight steering wheel which means no more driving down the road making adjustments on the side of the road.
The generic process of Optical gauges will check the track of the front and rear wheels only, but will not straighten the steering wheel or stop the car crabbing which is highly important on todays modern cars because of the highly complex electronics such as ADAS.
Naturally 4 wheel laser alignment is a more lucrative service to offer when compared to Optical gauges, and the results from 4 wheel laser alignment means better performance from your customer's vehicle.
4 Wheel Laser Wheel Alignment Explained
You shouldn't be overwhelmed by this technology as it is becoming common place in garages across the UK.
Car wheels are not just set up to just point forwards. To ensure the car drives smoothly and functions properly, the wheels are set up to point at specific angles. These angles can be tiny but failing to set them up can ruin the driver's experience.
Laser alignment makes this process simple, using light beams to project any misalignments onto the 3D image screen so that adjustments can be made.