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5 Signs It's Time for a Wheel Alignment

5 Signs It's Time for a Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment is the process of adjusting the angle at which the wheel meets the road. It is done by aligning the suspension system. Most suspension systems are misaligned as a result of road accidents or rough driving. Since both of these scenarios are inevitable, regular wheel alignment is essential. Here are signs that the car's wheels need alignment.

1. Abnormal Tire Wear

A perfectly aligned wheel wears uniformly. Abnormal wearing points to problems with alignment, suspension, or tire pressure. If the wheel only wears on the outside or inside edges, it can be a problem with the camber adjustment. Additionally, toe adjustment problems cause scalloping and feathering of your wheels.

2. Car Pulls to One Side

When driving straight on a level road, the vehicle should move straight with little effort on the steering wheel. However, if the vehicle tends to pull to one side, it may be time to have the alignment checked and corrected accordingly. Proper wheel alignment improves drivability and steering.

3. The Steering Wheel Is Not Centered

When driving on a straight, flat road, the steering wheel should be centered and sit close to a perfect straight. You expect it to deviate a few degrees as the road is never perfectly flat. However, if the steering wheel deviates by several degrees, it may point to misaligned wheels that require correction.

4. Problem Returning the Steering Wheel to Center

Steering wheels return to the center after you are done making a turn. This makes it easy to stay on your lane after making sharp turns. However, if you have to wrestle your steering wheel back to the center or it does not attempt to move back to the center, it is a strong indicator that the alignment is off and needs checking.

5. Loose Steering and Vibration

If there is excessive vibration accompanied by squeaking, knocking, and creaking sounds, it is an indicator that some wheel alignment components are loose or worn out. Wheel misalignment may also cause a loose steering. It is advisable to have the issue checked fast for the safety of your vehicle.

If you need a wheel alignment, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!

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