When you go to turn your vehicle, the only place it should go is where it is steered then, after the turn, returned back to the center. This is a very simple concept that most of us take for granted. We expect our cars to do this every time, so we occasionally neglect to have our wheels aligned properly until it becomes a problem. If you are having any of the problems below, you need to take your vehicle in and have your wheels properly aligned:
- When driving on a road that is level, your steering will is in straight.
- Your suspension system is making unusual noises.
- Your vehicle swerves from side to side.
- When driving in a straight line or putting on your brakes, your vehicle drifts.
- Vibrations can be felt in the steering wheel or in your seat.
- Your steering wheel feels loose.
- It has been a long time since you last had your wheels aligned.
- Your tires squeal on turns.
- After a turn, your steering wheel does not align itself easily.
Keeping your wheels correctly aligned is critical to the safety of your vehicle, as well as ensuring you have a comfortable ride, extending the life of your tires, and stability while braking. Modern suspension systems are quite complex and require careful measurements and precise adjustments on all four wheels. With this in mind, it is best to always take your vehicle to a professional technician to have your wheels aligned. Unfortunately, many service stations will only align your front wheels. It is best, though, to have a certified technician align all four wheels with their computerized analysis to make sure your vehicle suspension system is completely accurate and aligned.
When having your wheels aligned, it is important to have your front and rear wheels aligned with one another. If you only have your front wheels aligned, it could cause your vehicle to handle poorly and create crooked steering. Because of this, always have your wheels aligned professionally and ensure all four wheels are aligned.