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Millions of dollars have been spent on streamlining, improved drivetrains and energy efficient engines. Yet most operators neglect one of the most effective ways to reduce operating costs…
A Complete Wheel Alignment!
Improper wheel alignment significantly shortens tyre life and increases fuel consumption
It’s estimated that over 70% of the trucks on our roads have misaligned drive axles. To keep the trucks going straight, the turning force of the axles must be offset by turning the front wheels in the opposite direction. This causes all wheels to scrub out…kilometre after kilometre.
FACT: It takes just a tenth of an inch to have a big impact on your cost!
Here’s what our Total Wheel Alignment can do for you
■ Improve Handling
Proper alignment is necessary for optimum handling characteristics – contributing to increased safety and reduced driver fatigue especially line haul.
■ Minimise Rolling Resistance
Total Alignment sets all wheels parallel. This works (with proper inflation) to minimise rolling resistance and improve operating efficiency, which helps reduce fuel consumption. It’s estimated that over 70% of the trucks on our roads have misaligned drive axles. To keep the trucks going straight, the turning force of the axles must be offset by turning the front wheels in the opposite direction. This causes all wheels to scrub out…kilometre after kilometre.
Our computerised wheel alignment system does more
■ Electronically compensates each sensor for runout, common because of bent distorted rims.
■ References toe to the geometrical centerline and correctly computes the thrustline even when offset is present.
■ Because our system measures where the axles point, it isn’t fooled by setback.
Here’s how we solve misalignment:
1. We use electronic sensors to measure individual toe on one drive axle and determine thrustline
2. We align that axle to point down the center of the frame.
3. We measure and align each of the other axles parallel to the reference axle, so all wheels roll in the same direction.
Don’t Forget Trailer Alignment
For example, what would happen if this truck has toe misalignment on the drive axles of only 0.6 degrees?
If the truck travels 250,000kms a year, the resulting effect would be equivalent of dragging the tyres sideways for 200kms. Aligning the steer is not enough. One of the two most critical factors in steer tyre wear is drive axle misalignment and a misaligned drive affects all the tyres on a truck.
Think of all the extra fuel being used and the tyres being prematurely worn, that’s a lot of money coming straight out of your profit.