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The importance of truck wheel alignments

Reduce your fleet's fuel and tyre expenditure with our advanced equipment

As a heavy vehicle fleet operator, did you know that carrying out regular complete wheel alignments is one of the most effective ways of reducing your operating costs?

In this news post we take a look at the effects of wheel misalignment, draw on some examples, and show you how Levanta’s advanced wheel alignment equipment can save you money over the long term. 

How truck wheel misalignment costs you

What happens when a truck’s wheels are out of alignment? There are many negative effects, including:

  • Poor steering responsiveness
  • Increased tracking sensitivity
  • Increased mechanical wear
  • Increased tyre wear
  • Increased air resistance and fuel consumption
  • Potential hazard to other vehicles
  • Increased driver discomfort

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How wheel alignments can improve your fleet’s economy

A heavy vehicle with properly aligned wheels can benefit from up to a 5% reduction in fuel consumption, as well as greatly reduced tyre wear. 

Let’s look at a couple of real-world examples of the benefits of regular truck wheel alignments.

Example 1: reduced fuel costs

Distance travelled per annum:              200,000 km

Diesel fuel price:                                   $1.35/litre

Fuel consumption:                                4 litres/10 km

Fuel cost reduction thanks to wheel alignment: conservatively, say 3% 

Total cost reduction:

0.03 x 200,000 x 1.35 x 0.4 = $ 3,240 per year – per truck

 

Example 2: reduced tyre wear

Tyres changed prematurely thanks to wear:     2 tyres each year

Tyre cost:                                                         $500 per tyre

Total cost reduction: $ 1,000 per year – per truck

Even using the conservative figures above, you can see the massive extra cost that wheel misalignments add to your bottom line.

A wheel alignment diagnosis gives you the opportunity to plan ahead. With the help of the wheel angle measurements from a diagnosis, you can make the necessary adjustments and avoid these unnecessarily high fuel consumption and tyre wear costs.

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How the JOSAM Cam-Aligner solves truck wheel misalignment

The JOSAM Cam-Aligner compact wheel alignment system enables truck and bus workshops to carry out wheel alignment services quickly and accurately.

The patented camera technology uses the chassis centre line of the vehicle as reference to measure wheel angles like toe, steering box position, camber, out of square, parallelism, and axle offset, along with castor, KPI, Toe Out On Turns, and max turn.

Importantly, its unique rolling method lets you take toe and camber measurements while the vehicle is in driving position. No lifting of the axles with run-out compensation is required. It’s a massive improvement to your workshop efficiency.

Talk to Levanta about heavy vehicle wheel alignment machines

To upgrade your heavy vehicle workshop and ensure more efficient running for your fleet, you must consider a wheel alignment system.

Call Levanta now on 1300 577 541 or get in touch online to find out more about wheel alignment technology for your heavy vehicle workshop.

Topics: heavy vehicle workshops, truck wheel alignments, JOSAM

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