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5 Warning Signs Your Car Needs a Wheel Alignment

5 Warning Signs Your Car Needs a Wheel Alignment | Pete's Auto Service

Is your car veering to one side when you're driving straight ahead? Do you feel vibrations through the steering wheel? These could be signs that your car needs a wheel alignment. Ignoring these warning signs can lead to uneven tire wear, poor handling, and compromised safety on the road.

1. Uneven Tire Wear

Have you noticed that your tires are wearing down unevenly? If the tread on one side of the tire is significantly more worn than the other, it could be a sign of misalignment. When your wheels are not properly aligned, they exert uneven pressure on the tires, causing them to wear down prematurely. Regularly inspecting your tires for signs of uneven wear can help you catch alignment issues early and prevent further damage.

2. Vehicle Pulling to One Side

One of the most common signs of wheel misalignment is when your car pulls to one side while driving on a straight road. If you find yourself constantly correcting the steering to keep your vehicle traveling in a straight line, your wheels are likely out of alignment. This pulling sensation can initially be subtle but can become more pronounced if left unaddressed. A wheel alignment service can help restore proper alignment and prevent excessive tire wear.

3. Steering Wheel Vibrations

Do you feel vibrations or shaking through the steering wheel while driving? This could be a symptom of wheel misalignment or other issues with your vehicle's suspension system. Out-of-alignment wheels can cause uneven tire wear, which can lead to vibrations felt through the steering wheel. If you notice persistent shaking or vibrations, especially at higher speeds, a professional must inspect your car to determine the underlying cause.

4. Crooked Steering Wheel

Take a quick glance at your steering wheel while driving straight ahead. Is it perfectly centered, or is it slightly off-center? A crooked steering wheel is often a telltale sign of wheel misalignment. Even if your car tracks straight, a misaligned steering wheel indicates the wheels are not properly aligned. Affecting your vehicle's handling, driving with a crooked steering wheel can be uncomfortable and distracting.

5. Squealing Tires

Do you hear squealing noises coming from your tires, especially when turning? This could indicate that your tires are scrubbing against the road surface due to misaligned wheels. When the wheels are not aligned correctly, excessive friction between the tires and the road can cause squealing or chirping noises. Besides being annoying, squealing tires are a sign of potential alignment issues that should be addressed promptly to prevent further damage.

Trust Pete's Auto Service to provide precision alignment services that keep you driving confidently. Schedule your appointment now and drive with peace of mind.

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