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5 Signs It's Time for a Wheel Alignment

You hit a curb and the next thing you know, your vehicle isn't driving straight! More than likely, your vehicle has fallen out of alignment and will need to be realigned.

A car that is out of alignment can be difficult to control, making it dangerous to drive. In addition to your car being hard to drive, it will go through tires faster than a vehicle that is aligned correctly.

Here are 5 signs that it's time for a wheel alignment.

Steering Wheel is Off-Centered

While you are driving on a level, straight road, your vehicle's steering wheel should be centered and level. If you notice that your steering wheel is tilted in one direction, it is a sign that your vehicle needs an alignment.

Steering Wheel Isn't Returning to the Center

After you are done turning, your steering wheel should return back to the center on its own. If your steering wheel doesn't try to return to the center, your car may need to be aligned.

Vehicle Pulls in a Certain Direction While Driving

If you notice your vehicle pulling to the side while you are driving, it is a sign that it may need an alignment. Keep in mind that if a road is not entirely flat, your vehicle may pull to one side regardless.

Loose Handling While Driving

When your wheels are not properly aligned, you may notice that your steering feels loose while driving. This is another common sign that it's time for an alignment.

Tires Wearing Down Easily or Unevenly

Tires may wear down easily or unevenly when there is an issue with your vehicle's alignment. Mechanics can usually tell if there is a problem when you have your tires rotated.

Conclusion

The 5 signs that it is time for a wheel alignment include the steering wheel being off-centered, the steering wheel not returning to the center, the vehicle pulling in a certain direction, loose handling while driving, and tires wearing down incorrectly.

Proper wheel alignment is important for your safety. If you need a wheel alignment, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!

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