3 Signs Your Vehicle Needs a Wheel Alignment

13 March 2023
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Your wheels get your vehicle to move from point A to point B. Without those wheels on your vehicle, it's still going to move, but not very far and not for very long. This is why you need to take good care of your wheels. You need to pay close attention to things such as the tread and wear on your tires, whether they are flat or need some air in them, and if they are not balanced or wearing the same because they are out of alignment. If your vehicle is out of alignment, it can throw off the entire vehicle and change the way it drives, which can cause a lot of other issues. Read on for some signs that your wheels need to be aligned.

1. Uneven Tire Wear

If your tires are wearing out unevenly, it could be due to a wheel alignment issue. When your vehicle is not properly aligned, it may drive on the tires differently, meaning the outsides or the insides of the wheels may start to see more wear than the part that should actually be getting wear. If you notice wear on the insides or outsides of your tires, it may be time to get an alignment. You may also notice a difference from one side to another, or a different wear from front to back. Along with the alignment, you may also want to have your tires rotated.

2. Your Vehicle Is Pulling

If you notice that your vehicle is pulling you to one side or to the other, it could be because your vehicle needs to be aligned. This could lead to an accident if you aren't careful, or it could cause other issues with your vehicle's steering or with the axles and other moving parts, as it is struggling to stay straight on the road. Driving like this for too long may lead to even higher repair costs. If you notice your vehicle is starting to pull, or when you let go of the steering wheel it will no longer drive straight, you need to have it looked at immediately.

3. You've Had New Tires Installed

If you have had new tires installed on your vehicle, you should get an alignment on your vehicle. This will help to ensure your vehicle is going to wear those new tires evenly, and if there was anything tweaked while installing the new tires, this can be rectified with the alignment.

If you notice any of these signs or you have had new tires installed on your vehicle, you should get a wheel alignment. Take your vehicle to an auto repair shop to have this done for you to ensure it is done properly.