A car that pulls to one side of the road or the other when driving on a straight road may have more than a wheel alignment problem. If the problem is not corrected, it could actually be the beginning of more serious issues. An improper car alignment will cause other adverse effects, such as tire wear, decrease in engine performance, loss of smoothness of the ride, or decreased braking efficiency. As a conscientious car owner, you will want to schedule a wheel alignment as soon as you start to notice any unusual problems.
Bigger and more costly repairs will be about to happen if a car is continually driven without the proper wheel alignment. The average automobile is driven about 15,000 miles per year. Research shows that to keep driving that same car for 15,000 miles is the same as dragging the tires sideways for over 68 miles. Take care of a needed car alignment before it becomes necessary to replace your tires, brakes, or other components of your car too soon.
Signs of a needed wheel alignment:
• premature and uneven tire wear
• steering pulls to one side
• car feels “loose” during driving
• steering wheel or column vibrates
• steering wheel is out of center when the car is driving straight
• decreased gas mileage
The appropriate interval for a car alignment service will be listed in your owner’s manual for the requirements of your specific vehicle; typically, about every 10,000 miles, or once a year. It will save you time and money in the long run before you head down the road.