Does Your Vehicle Need a Wheel Alignment?

Does Your Vehicle Need a Wheel Alignment?

What would it be like if you were driving down the road and your wheels all wanted to go in different directions? That might make for a crazy ride. It sounds more like an amusement park ride than a trip to the grocery store or a peaceful drive in the country. But the fact is, many people are driving around the Vancouver and Portland areas with wheels that want to go in different directions. How is that possible?

Problems From Bad Alignment

Of course, your wheels don’t have minds of their own, but when they are not aligned properly your vehicle doesn’t travel properly. Your car, crossover, truck or SUV is designed to go in one direction and the wheels help make this happen. However, if your wheels are not aligned it can lead to all kinds of problems. Not only can it lead to control problems, but when your wheels are out of alignment you can have poor gas mileage, uneven or increased tire wear, and other possible issues.

Signs You Need an Alignment

So how do wheels get unaligned? Sometimes, all it takes is a bump against the curb running over a big pothole and one or more wheels can get out of line. So what are the signs you should look for if your vehicle needs a wheel alignment? Here are a few things to watch for.

Uneven Tire Wear – Your should get your tires rotated at least every 5,000 miles. But you should also check your tires regularly for tread wear. If your wheels are not aligned then chances are your tires are wearing uneven. If you notice anything odd with your tread wear then chances are it’s because your wheels need to be aligned. It usually doesn’t take long for this problem to appear if the wheels are out of alignment.

Vibrating or Shaking Steering Wheel – if you can feel a shaking or vibrating sensation in your hands coming from the steering wheel, this is one of the most obvious signs of bad wheel alignment. This is what it actually feels like when your vehicle wants to move in two separate directions at the same time. The worse the shaking gets, the worse your alignment is.

Pulling Sensation – another common warning sign that your wheels need to be aligned is a pulling sensation while your driving. If your vehicle wants to pull in one direction, or it drifts to one side or the other, then your wheels need to be aligned. It only takes the slightest variance in the alignment for this pulling sensation to happen. This could be serious issue and could lead to dangerous driving situations. So if you noticed this issue, get your vehicle into a Vancouver auto repair shop as soon as you can.

Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs

All of these warning signals are strong indications that you need a wheel alignment. They can be signs of other problems, as well. But either way, if you notice any of these issues with your car, truck, SUV, or crossover, then you should get it checked out. Your car should run like a well-oiled machine, right down to your wheels and tires. If your wheels aren’t in line your vehicle will suffer. So, if you think your vehicle needs a wheel alignment, or you can’t remember the last time you had your wheels checked, then now is a good time to get into Hoesly Automotive and get them checked out.

Call Hoesly Automotive for Your Wheel Alignment

You can schedule an appointment online or just call us today. We’ll get you in and get you taken care of. You’ll be back on the road in no time, with the peace of mind and security that your vehicle is running in optimal condition. We are the trusted Vancouver auto repair shop for Subaru auto repair, Honda auto repair, and Toyota Prius auto repair. Come see us today.

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