Sometimes circumstances force you to take a bad road and avoiding potholes and bumps becomes a challenge. When driving on these rough roads, it is important to remember that they may interfere with your car's wheel alignment. A proper wheel alignment can be the first thing that saves your life if you need to make a quick turn or dodge something. Below are some 5 signs to watch out for in misaligned wheels.
Steering Wheel Vibration
Poor alignment causes the steering wheel to vibrate or rock horizontally. It happens repeatedly and can sometimes be so bad to the extent that the entire car shakes as it runs on the road. That happens because two tires are trying to pull against each other. It becomes difficult to understand which direction the car is heading.
Irregular Tire Wear
It is critical to check whether the front tires have an even wear pattern. If so, that's an indication that the wheels are in line. Do the same for the rear wheels. If you notice that the tires have uneven wear patterns, it's a red flag, and you need to have a certified technician correct that.
Driving with an Angled Steering Wheel
If you must hold the steering wheel at a crooked angle for it to run straight, that's a sign of misalignment. Many drivers ignore this because the steering wheel is only slightly out-of-line. It would be best to take the car to the auto repair shop, even with the slightest crookedness.
Car Pulling to One Direction Suddenly
When the car pulls in one direction all of a sudden, it might be because of under inflated tires. Nonetheless, if the tire pressure is sufficient, but the issue persists, it's an indication that you should seek wheel alignment services.
While wheel misalignment can cause sharp pulling in one direction, it might not be obvious in other cars. Instead of the harsh left-right movement, the vehicle tends to drift in one direction gradually. Act immediately you notice this because it might be a complicated underlying issue that's causing wheel misalignment.
If you need a wheel alignment, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!