How To Determine If Your Vehicle Needs To Have The Alignment Fixed

21 July 2016
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In order to help keep your vehicle in the best possible shape, you need to know what to look for when determining whether your vehicle needs to have its alignment fixed. To help you with this, you will want to read through the following points.

The Vehicle Will Not Stay Straight While Driving

When you are driving, you should be able to feel as though the vehicle is able to stay fairly straight on its own. If you find that you have to struggle with the steering wheel in order to keep the vehicle between the proper lines of the road, then you may very well have an issue with the alignment of the vehicle. This can make it hard to drive the vehicle, especially since the alignment can continue to get worse over time until you finally have it fixed.

The Tread Is Wearing Down In An Uneven Manner 

While it is true that it is normal for the tread on your tires to wear down the more you drive, it is not normal for it to wear down in an uneven manner. If you notice the either the inner or outer side of the tire tread is thinner than the rest, you most likely have a major problem with your alignment. This is happening because your vehicle is pule left or the right. As it does this, additional pressure is being placed on that side of the tire instead of the pressure being placed evenly across the tires. If the problem is allowed to continue, you will eventually find that your tires will pop because the damaged sides will wear so thin that metal thread from inside of the tire will poke through. You could put new tires on the vehicle, but they too will quickly loose their tread in an uneven manner unless the alignment is taken care of.

Your Steering Wheel IS No Longer Straight

It is important to make sure that your steering wheel sits straight when you have all of the tires perfectly lined up in a straight manner. If the tires are straight and you notice that the logo on your steering wheel is not completely upright, then the vehicle needs to be aligned. Once the alignment is complete, you should notice that your steering wheel sits perfectly straight when you have all of the tires in a straight line.

With just those three clues in mind, you will be able to decide when it is time to call for an appointment, such as at August European, to have your vehicle properly aligned.