Updated: May 25th, 2017

Winchester, Virginia - Keeping up with routine maintenance can be challenging, but maintaining proper wheel alignment should not be overlooked.  If you know the signs to look for, your vehicle will tell you when it needs an alignment.  Proper wheel alignment means that all your wheels are aligned, so each tire comes into contact with the road the same amount.  When your wheels are out of alignment, you will experience decreased performance and uneven tire wear.   Watch for these three tell-tale signs that your vehicle needs an alignment.

 

Your Steering Wheel is Off Center

 

When you are driving down a long and straight stretch of highway, your steering wheel should be centered.  The easiest way to see if your steering wheel is centered is to use the vehicle emblem as a guide.  If your steering wheel is noticeably off center, you should have your alignment checked.

 

Your Vehicle Pulls in One Direction

On an entirely flat and straight road, a vehicle with proper alignment should be able to cruise along with little to no steering from the driver.  If you are driving down the highway and you have to resist the pull of your vehicle to maintain a straight course, your wheels aren’t aligned properly.  

 

Your Tires are Wearing Unevenly

Routinely checking the tread wear on your tires is an excellent habit to develop.  If the inside and outside edges of your tires are visibly worn unevenly, it could be due to poor alignment.  Uneven tread wear can indicate other problems with your vehicle so be sure to take your car to your local auto care professional.   

 

Routine Maintenance and Proper Alignment

Your vehicle’s alignment can be thrown off by external factors such as running into a curb or hitting a pothole; however, most times alignment just deteriorates over time.  Make tire balancing and alignment part of your auto maintenance to ensure your car is running at optimum performance.

Published by Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto | www.hoganandsonsinc.com | Copyright May 2017 | by Sydny Atwood

*Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of repair.