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Wheel Alignment: Car Pulling to the Side, Time to Realign!

Misaligned wheel driving is dangerous to the sustainability of your vehicle, and especially road safety. When your wheel alignment is not in place, it may feel like your car is jerking you to the side or controlling you in some sense, when the driver needs to be in complete control of the car. The problem is that a car’s wheel alignment can be knocked out of whack through daily occurrences that are common and car owners wait for a severe problem to occur before getting their cars examined when wheel alignment checks should be a part of routine maintenance.

Misalignment Common Causes

The possible causes that can affect your wheel alignment are very common daily driving occurrences. In fact, the act of driving itself is a cause because wear and tear on your tires can progressively influence your wheel alignment. Some other specific potential influencers include:

• Potholes

• Speeding over speed bumps

• Road accidents

• Worn out parts

• Hitting a curb

The more severe the occurrence of one of these potential alignment influencers, the more severe your wheel alignment is affected. Similarly, a series or combination of the very common events over a duration of time can just as heavily influence your wheel alignment.

Warning Signs of Misalignment

As a driver operating a powerful machine, it is important we listen to the machine and not dismiss abnormalities, no matter the size, because small abnormalities can serve as warning signs of deeper problems, like off wheel alignment. Some examples include:

• Car Pulling when driving

• Tire Damage / Deterioration

• Unbalanced Tire Levels

• Shrieking or Squealing Noises from Tires

Upon observing any of these warning signs, it is important to take your vehicle in for observation to a certified automotive technician. The process of examination can vary depending on the technician, but typically there is some manual observation involved and ultimately computerized examination that will take place. The alignment machine will determine which of the 3 wheel alignment procedures is necessary. 

Wheel Alignment Procedures

1. A Front-End Repair is a basic repair here the front axle of the vehicle is adjusted.

2. A Thrust Repair combines a front-end and thrust typically for cars with a solid rear axle. It checks that all four wheels are aligned.

3. A Four-Wheel Alignment Repair rearranges the rear axle angles in a combination with completing the first two types of alignments listed.

A vehicle should be easy to operate and control. Vehicles are powerful machines that can have dangerous repercussions if operated when not in tact. If you wheel your alignment could possibly off it is extremely essential a professional technician observes it promptly.