When a vehicle’s wheels are in proper alignment, the vehicle drives smoothly and handles well. When wheels go out of alignment, performance and handling are generally negatively affected. If you’re having trouble steering your car, you may have alignment issues that need to be addressed. Here are some of the most common signs you need a wheel alignment.
Your car shouldn’t make noticeable noises when you’re steering. If you notice strange sounds when you turn the steering wheel one direction or another, you probably need an alignment.
When a car is properly aligned, the tires should all wear evenly and at the same rate. If you noticed that the tires on one side of your vehicle are wearing out faster than the tires on the other side, it’s a good indication that you need alignment.
Take a look at your steering wheel the next time you drive down a straight road. Is it tilted off to one side? If so, your wheels need to be aligned. Your steering wheel should appear to be straight and level when you’re driving down a straight road.
Does your car constantly feel like it’s pulling to one side or the other? It shouldn’t feel like this, and it wouldn’t feel like this if your wheels were properly aligned. If you’re driving straight and you constantly have to wrestle with the steering wheel to keep from going off the right or left side of the road, it’s time to schedule a wheel alignment.
Tires aren’t supposed to squeal when you’re driving normally. If they do, it’s a sure indication that your wheels are under too much stress due to being misaligned. Correcting the problem should be as simple as getting an alignment.
It’s never pleasant to drive or ride in a car that constantly vibrates or shakes. Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with this problem if you’re willing to get an alignment on a regular basis. Once your wheels are properly aligned, your car should handle much more smoothly again.
At Auto Repair Excellence in Auburn, Washington, we can get your wheels aligned in minimal time. Schedule your appointment by calling us directly or by filling out our online contact form.