What happens if you’re driving down the highway and you take your hands off the steering wheel briefly? Does your car continue down a straight path, or does it veer to the left or right and threaten to take you off the road?
This issue of “pulling” is common, frustrating, and dangerous, so it’s essential to understand the most likely causes and best solutions.
If your car is pulling to one side when you drive, alignment is the most likely culprit. Alignment is the adjustment of your car’s suspension system, which connects your vehicle’s body to its wheels.
When car wheels are properly aligned, the wheels and axles make a rectangle and stay parallel to each other and the road at all times. The key to proper alignment is adjusting the angles of the tires, which impacts how they make contact with the road.
Other than pulling to one side, other indications of poor alignment include uneven tread wear, steering wheel vibration, and your steering wheel is off-center when you are driving straight.
Inconsistent Tire Pressure
All four tires need to maintain the same air pressure based on your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. Consistent air pressure allows for smooth driving and protects the integrity of your wheels and suspension system.
However, tire pressure inevitably fluctuates while driving, during intense temperatures, and if a leak develops. Make sure to check the tire pressure of all four tires to identify a potential issue.
Steering or Suspension Part Damage
It may not be the wheels or tires causing your car to pull at all. It may be that a part in the steering or suspension system is worn out or damaged. In this case, the entire system that supports straight alignment can’t work properly. Only a professional mechanic can identify this type of problem and recommend the best repairs.
Get Your Car Aligned Today
It’s not safe to drive a car that veers to the left or right, so don’t wait any longer to bring your vehicle to a mechanic for service.
JB Import Auto Repair is St. Petersburg’s top import car repair shop. Our team is committed to providing the highest quality service for all of your transportation needs, including alignment, tire, and wheel services. Call us today at (727) 823-5951 to schedule an appointment.