Signs You Might Have Wheel Alignment Problems

Car wheel fixed with computerized wheel alignment machine clamp.

The wheel alignment of your car can be off for a number of reasons, including hitting a pothole or curb. Improper wheel alignment can result in issues with how your vehicle handles—which could create a safety hazard—and can also negatively impact tire tread and gas mileage. Here are the important warning signs to look for with car alignment problems.

Warning Signs to Look For

Abnormal Tire Wear

Tires that are abnormally worn could be a sign your vehicle’s alignment is off track. Common tire wear comes from a lack of tire rotation. Unlike wear from poor wheel alignment, though, normal tire wear usually occurs on the front tires and shows up as cupping on the outside edges. However, if the alignment is off, other wear patterns can show up, such as excessive wear on the inside edge and/or the outside edges of tires.

 

 

 

 

 

Steering Wheel Not Straight or Vehicle Pulls to One Side

If your vehicle pulls to one side or the other, or the steering wheel is not level when driving, this could mean there is an alignment issue. Other than the physical effort of over steering to the left or right, you may also see that the steering wheel is off center and to the side of the alignment pull. In addition, your steering wheel may remain at an angle even when you are driving in a straight line.

 

 

 

 

Trust the Professionals

Fixing your wheel alignment involves having the angle of your wheels adjusted so they match the designated specifications for the vehicle. Our mechanics here at Asher Automotive mount a sensor on each wheel to measure the tires’ specific positioning. This is critical, because each vehicle is designed with its own unique alignment specifications, so it is important to have your vehicle aligned at a shop like Asher Automotive, which has access to the specs for every make and model of vehicle on the road.

 

 

 

When Does My Car Need an Alignment?

Routine Maintenance

Wheels should be aligned every 10,000 miles, although we recommend having them checked if there is irregular tire tread. We recommend getting your wheels aligned at least once a year. Normal preventative maintenance requires that you have your car aligned with the purchase of new tires, but if you drive over rougher terrain, more often than not you will need to align more often.

After Getting New Tires

Wheel alignment should be checked periodically to ensure maximum safety while on the road. Despite advanced tire manufacturing processes and advanced rubber compounds used in today’s technology, some weight imbalance can still be evident in new tires. As a result, they should be balanced and aligned with wheel weights to achieve smooth rolling of the tire. An imbalanced tire expresses itself as a wheel shimmy (rocking back and forth of the steering wheel while driving, typically at a specific speed).

After Steering or Suspension Repairs

Eventually, the steering and suspension systems are jostled and hammered, a result of America’s deteriorating infrastructure. This produces wear in these parts, which causes the alignment to deviate from factory specs. That variation results in poor cornering and handling, and a significant increase in tire wear. Not performing a wheel alignment on your vehicle after steering and suspension repairs can result in you losing money by significantly decreasing the life of the newly-repaired components. The steering and suspension of your car have wear points: bushings, ball joints and other mechanical links. When the steering and suspension system is new and adjusted according to factory specs, the rate at which the tires wear is minimized and the car coroners and handles smoothly.

 

Wheel alignment is important for the safety of both you and your vehicle. Contact Asher Automotive for more information or to schedule your wheel alignment with us today!

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