If your front wheels are out of alignment, it means that they are not fitted into the correct position and do not point in the exact same direction.
If the front wheels are not aligned, your car will be more difficult to steer and a range of other issues may arise as a result.
Getting your front wheels aligned is not a costly and does not take a huge amount of time, however, if you ignore the issue, you will likely cause damage to your steering and suspension.
It may be difficult to diagnose wheel alignment if you donít know the signs to look out for, so that is why we have created this simple guide to help you recognise the signs.
How to tell if my front wheels are out of alignment
- Shaking steering wheel
One of the most obvious signs that your front wheels need aligning is that your steering wheel will be shaking. Even a slight vibration is a tell-tale sign and as soon as you feel a change in the steering wheel, you should take your car in for a check.
- Your car pulls to the left or right
If you are driving straight and your car starts to pull to the left or right, this is a clear sign that your front wheels are out of alignment. There may be other issues to cause a car to pull to the left or right, however alignment is a common cause.
An easy way to check if your car has a small pull, is to drive along a quite road slowly and have a loose grip on the steering wheel, if the car consistently moves to one side of the road, there is definitely an issue.
- Squealing tyres
Your tyres should not squeak at every turn. If they are then this is a clear sign that there is something wrong, most likely is wheel alignment!
- Uneven or rapid tyre wear
A clear sign that your front wheels are out of alignment is an obvious wear down of the tread on one of the wheels at the front of the car.
If this is happening, there will be more weight or pull on one side which will cause the rubber to wear down quickly.
What causes wheel alignment problems?
Bad roads are the most common cause of front wheels getting knocked out of alignment. If there is a sudden impact as your can hits a pothole, there is a good chance that your wheels will be impacted.
If you hit a curb hard, then you are also running the risk of knocking the front wheels out of alignment.
What if I leave the problem?
If your front wheels are out of alignment for a long period, your car tyres life could be reduced by thousands of miles and further problems would be caused to your steering and suspension.
What can I do to reduce the risk of front wheel alignment problems?
There are some basic things you can do to avoid wheel alignment problems;
- Don't driver your car into curbs hard
- Do your best to avoid potholes
- Remove unnecessary weight from your car
- Maintain the right tyre pressure
- Drive safely
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