Your car’s alignment is one of those things that you might not think about all that often, but you do rely on it every single time you drive your car, truck, or C/SUV. There are a lot of ways that your alignment can get knocked out of whack, but most notably, you can misalign your wheels by hitting a curb or unintentionally finding all of the potholes and speed bumps on the roads. Thankfully, Cergizan’s Auto and Truck Repair can help. Here are four signs that your car is not aligned.
The Tires Are Wearing Unevenly
Tire tread wear tells you a lot about your car and what it needs. There are multiple issues that uneven tire wear can point to. If you’ve already checked the air pressure and made sure the tires are properly balanced, you may be seeing evidence that your car’s alignment is off if the tread wear is patchy and uneven. This is especially true if you notice some of the other symptoms listed below.
Steering Feels Way Looser than Usual
Your car’s handling is supposed to feel a certain way each time you drive it. Some automobiles just naturally have looser handling than others do. If the handling seems to change and becomes looser, this is a sign that something isn’t lined up the same way that it was before. Odds are very good that the misaligned problem is the wheels, and an alignment will tighten up your wheels.
The Steering Feels Off-Center
Something else you might notice when your car needs a wheel alignment is that the steering wheel and your car’s wheels don’t line up anymore. As you look at your steering wheel, the wheel itself should be upright when the wheels are straight. If anything is off, so is the alignment. Somewhere else you’ll notice your steering feeling off-center is after a turn. The wheel won’t right itself.
The Car Is Pulling One Way
As you’re driving, does the car seem to pull one way or the other? If you take your hands off the wheel briefly and the car pulls in one direction, that’s a definite wheel misalignment. Your car should go straight on an even road unless you turn it in a different direction. It’s designed to go straight. If it doesn’t, you’re going to need to have an alignment done to correct the issue.
Contact Cergizan’s Auto and Truck Repair in Chesterton, IN, if you’re concerned about your car’s alignment. We can take a look for you and get everything pointed in the right direction.