Your car, crossover, SUV, or truck’s wheels will be aligned when you get a new set of tires. After that, you should have your wheels aligned every two or three years. You may need to have them aligned earlier than that if there is something going on with your vehicle’s suspension, or if you have a bad habit of hitting curbs and flying over speed bumps. How can you tell when you need to get a wheel alignment? We here at Trojan Auto Care suggest you look for the following three signs.
You Cannot Drive Straight
Your automobile will not head straight if the wheels are misaligned. To test your alignment, drive your vehicle to a flat space without traffic, such as an empty parking lot. Make sure the road surface is flat. Begin to drive forward slowly in a straight direction. Let go of your steering wheel. If your automobile continues to head straight, your wheel alignment is fine. If it pulls to the right or left, the wheels are not aligned and you need to schedule a wheel alignment.
Your Steering Wheel Isn’t Straight
The same holds true for your steering wheel. The reason your vehicle goes straight when the wheels are aligned is that the suspension is designed to move in a straight direction unless you steer it in a different direction. Your steering wheel is part of the vehicle’s suspension, and if the wheels are not aligned properly, it will tilt to either the right or left side. With your wheels pointed straight, look at your steering wheel. Is the logo in the center upright or tilted? It should be upright.
You’ve Got Uneven Tire Tread Wear
Finally, your tires will also tell you if your automobile is not aligned and/or if the wheels are also out of balance. It’s a good idea to check your tire tread regularly to make sure it is wearing down evenly. If it isn’t, a number of things could be going on, including
- Low tire pressure
- High tire pressure
- Unbalanced wheels
- Misaligned wheels
- Tire defects
Uneven tire tread wear can look like feathers or scallops on the surface of the tires, wear on the inside edge of the tires only, or wear on the outside edge of the tires only. If your tires are wearing down unevenly, bring your vehicle in for a tire inspection.
We are Trojan Auto Care, and we are located in Troy, OH. We’d be happy to check your wheel alignment if you suspect there’s a problem. Call us today at 937-410-3457.