Have you accidentally hit a curb or a pothole, and next thing you know, your vehicle can’t drive straight? If yes, your vehicle has one or more wheels misaligned, meaning that you have one or more wheels pointing in the wrong direction. Not only will your vehicle be challenging to control, but more issues can arise from a misaligned vehicle. Overall, it is not safe to operate a vehicle that has been misaligned. Here are the signs that you are due for a wheel alignment:
Vehicle Pulling to One Side
Your vehicle pulling to one side is the most significant sign that you need your tires realigned. If the road you’re driving along is flat and straight, your vehicle should continue to go straight. If you notice that it is veering off to the left or right, take it into an auto shop immediately. It is not safe to drive on the road when you exemplify this sign.
Steering Wheel Off-Centered
Similar to the last example, your steering wheel should be centered when driving straight. If you experience an issue with your steering wheel not repositioning to the center after making a turn, then your vehicle is misaligned.
Tires Wearing Unevenly
If you notice your tire tread has significantly worn down, it may mean more than just a sign that you need to replace the tires. Unnatural tire tread usually indicates the wheel alignment is off. Signs to look out for on your tires are wear that’s only in the center, tire feathering, cupped tires, or wear that’s only on the outer edges. Unusual tire tread isn’t always obvious to detect, especially if you aren’t sure what to look for. Schedule an inspection with our technicians to help find any inconsistencies.
A sign that your alignment may be out of whack is if you hear a loud squealing sound when driving under normal conditions. If the wheels are misaligned, your vehicle's tires will not obtain proper contact with the road. Old tires will squeal and alert you that there’s a problem.
All of the signs above are an indicator that you need your tires realigned. It is not safe to drive in any of the conditions mentioned, and you are putting yourself and others at risk. If you experience any of the issues mentioned, we are happy to take a look and offer you a solution at Gowen’s Automotive Repair. Visit our shop today located in Fairburn, GA!