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The Warning Signs Of Bad Wheel Alignment

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The Warning Signs Of Bad Wheel Alignment
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What’s the worst enemy of your car wheels? Poorly maintained roads! Bad wheel alignment is a serious issue because it could create safety hazards and impact the gas mileage and tire tread. However, the truth is even a pothole, or a slight thud can throw the wheel off balance.

The Signs of Bad Wheel Alignment

Even if you drive on smooth, well-maintained road and has a squeaky clean driving record, have the alignment got checked at every 6,000 miles. Properly balanced wheels will take care of the tires, save fuel, and guarantees optimal drivability. Let’s find out the symptoms of bad wheel alignment. Learning about these will help you to keep the vehicle at the top of its condition.

Drifting To The Left Or Right Direction In A Smooth Road

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Misaligned wheels can make the car drift to a direction.

When you struggle to keep the car straight, you must take it to a servicing center to check the wheels. A wheel issue tends to make a vehicle veer into one direction on a flat road. To be sure, take your hands off the steering on an empty road and see if it drifts to the left or right direction a little.

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The Abnormal Worn Out Condition Of Tires

All the tires have an average lifespan, and they tend to wear off after that period. However, the signs are different when it sprouts from bad wheel alignment. Usually, the tread thins out because of lack of tire rotation. In such cases, you’ll see cupping on the outside edges of the front tires. On the other hand, if the alignment is off track, you may see excessive wear on both the outside and inside edges.

Sloppy Or Hard Wheels

Both the conditions are risky, especially when you are driving on a busy street or a road full of curves. It could be a problem with suspension components if you feel the wheels are loose or not holding up tightly while making a turn. However, bad wheel alignment is the culprit in most cases. Similarly, the same thing could be the reason of hard steering.

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The Steering Vibrates While Driving

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Take action immediately if you feel vibrations.

The wheel alignment cause a vibration when it’s off balance. It mostly happens when the car hits a pot hole or bumps into something and knocks out the wheels of their position. However, the shaking could be the repercussion of many other serious problems such as warped brake rotors, damaged suspension components, and misaligned tires.

The Noises

Bad alignment noise will warn you about displaced wheels. So, you should pay attention when your vehicle is making creaking, knocking, or squeaking sound. Although issues with suspension and loose or damaged components can be the reasons of strange noises coming underneath a vehicle, bad wheel alignment could be another potential cause.

The Wrap-up

A typical alignment repair may cost something between $75 and $100. However, some mechanics may charge more depending on the complexity of the task and the type of equipment they need to use.

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15 Comments
  1. Emmanuel Gurumani says

    I HAVE GOT PROBLEMS WITH FUEL PUMP FOR HONDA FIT ARIA

    1. Trang Tran says

      Thank you for contacting Car From Japan. However, we cannot answer your problem because there are many things we need to see at your car. I suggest you bring the car to a local mechanical shop to solve your problem.

  2. Edward Green says

    Poor wheel alignment causes serious issues in vehicles. It can pose a threat to your safety. It also hampers the mileage and hastens the tire wear. If you have ample of riding experience, you can detect few symptoms of the bad alignment. In such condition, the vehicle produces a different sound. It can also make the auto drift to a direction. While you drive it on the road, you can also feel that the steering is vibrating. That does not mean that poor alignment is the only issues. So you should check the car with top pros.

  3. Dan Guloba says

    How much air pressure is recommended for front tyres on a saloon car?

    1. Anfy JohnBean says

      It normally showed on driver door, just a small sticker stick on sidewall of drive door

  4. Frank peter says

    My car sherk on left hand side of tire what is that

    1. Trang Tran says

      Thank you for contacting Car From Japan. However, we cannot answer your problem because there are many things we need to see at your car. I suggest you bring the car to a local mechanical shop to solve your problem.

  5. Patrick Musuku says

    I really enjoy and appreciate this educative tips on how to take care of our cars.Keep up with good works.
    Now i have question,my question is,What causes the alternator to blow or stop functioning because i have a problem with my alternator for 2AZ engine.

    1. Trang Tran says

      Thank you for contacting Car From Japan. However, we cannot answer your problem because there are many things we need to see at your car. I suggest you bring the car to a local mechanical shop to solve your problem.

  6. Frank Ndosi says

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    1. Trang Tran says

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  7. Marcus says

    Thank you for mentioning how properly aligned tires will help you save on fuel. It makes sense that taking the time to keep your wheel properly aligned will have less friction and will help them drive better. I can see how anyone looking into this would want to take the time to consult with a professional in order to know how often they need to care for their tires depending on where they drive.

  8. Ashley Maxwell says

    Thanks for your comment about how bad wheel alignment creates safety problems. I appreciate how you said that driving over a pothole with it could be just enough to set it off. My husband needs his truck’s wheels realigned, so he is looking into professional auto services in our area for assistance.

  9. Hannah Schroeder says

    Thanks for the information about how you’ll see signs of wear on the outside and inside edges of the tires if they’re misaligned. My brother told me that the wheels on my Kia might have an alignment problem because the steering wheel shakes. I’ll check the tread, and if there’s a lot of wear, then I’ll take my car to a tire alignment service.

  10. S Mathu says

    very educative session you have enlightened me………

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