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Does my Vehicle Need a Wheel Alignment?

When you drive a new vehicle off of the dealership lot you would be able to pull onto a straight road and take your hands off the steering wheel and have the car continue to drive straight without much, if any, driver intervention (don’t try this at home!). However, as vehicles age and encounter numerous bumps in the road their ability to continue in a straight line without assistance from the driver can greatly decrease.

A vehicle’s wheel alignment may be thrown off by impacts with curbs or potholes, as well as larger collisions, but also due to simple wear and tear and high mileage. If you notice any of these signs of poor wheel alignment, do not wait to get the issue resolved, as bad alignment hinders your ability to safely operate the car.

Pulling Sensation

One of the first things you may notice if your vehicle is due for an alignment is the sensation that your car is drifting or pulling to one side of the road or the other as you drive.

  • Hard Pulling - Hard pulling means you are physically having to hold the steering wheel at a certain angle in order to keep the vehicle moving straight.

  • Soft Pulling - Soft pulling occurs when the car tends to drift without much force if the driver has a light grip on the wheel.

Vibrating Steering Wheel

Another common sign that a vehicle needs an alignment is if the steering wheel shakes back and forth. This will occur because the poor alignment has resulted in at least one tire pointing in a separate direction from the others. This causes the car to try and move in two different directions at once, pulling the steering wheel back and forth.

Odd Tire Wear

If you suspect that you’re having trouble with your alignment go ahead and check out your tires. You will likely notice strange tread wear if there is indeed an issue. Proper tire tread wear is critical to safe driving, so head to the shop immediately!

It is very important to take care of poor wheel alignment as soon as it becomes apparent in order to reduce safety hazards and prevent unnecessary tire wear. To schedule an appointment for a professional wheel alignment in Morgan Hill, CA, head to Fred’s Foreign & Domestic Car Repair. Our team of auto repair experts will ensure that your vehicle drives straight as an arrow. Anytime you need auto repair in Morgan Hill or the surrounding areas, give us a call at (408) 706-7318 to make an appointment.

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