Ever experienced your car drifts to one side while driving? Or getting tired of having to turn the steering wheel away from the center position to drive straight? Those, my fellow drivers, are indications that your wheels are out of alignment. Several factors may result to misalignment, such as hitting a deep pothole or scoring a direct hit on a curb while parking.

Getting your alignment fixed is pretty cheap; nevertheless, below are some tips for you to consider before hurrying off to the nearest repair shop.

Checking Your Tire Pressure

Before you go to the repair shop, it might be best if you inspect the tire’s pressure first as underinflated tires can also cause a vehicle to pull to one side. With the checking procedure, you shall eliminate this possibility first and foremost (and also saving you some cash as well!).

Checking for Uneven Wear

Uneven wear such as the thread being worn off along one edge is another sign of an alignment issue. However, it can be difficult to separate normal from excessive wear, unless you are wheel experts. Ahem.

Vibration Issues

Vibrating wheels are different issues from alignment problems. Please take note, wheels being out of balance or bent or even worn suspension parts could cause vibrations. Getting your wheels aligned would not solve these problems.

Front Wheel or Four Wheel Alignment

Several vehicle models require only the front wheels to be aligned, although many car-based models require four wheel alignment. Alignment specifications vary by vehicles, and it is not as easy as just making sure all four wheels are pointed straight ahead.

Checking Schedule

Maintenance of wheel alignment is open-ended, as manufacturers do not list out the checking in the maintenance schedule. Your wheels are likely properly aligned if your vehicle tracks are as straight as an arrow. Even so, it is recommended to have your wheel alignment checked annually, in an event like having your tires rotated. Additionally, you should also have it done when you are buying new tires so that they don’t immediately start to wear unevenly. Besides, many shops guarantee alignment work for up to one year, so be sure to use it up before the guarantee ends to have the alignment checked.

Source: Cars.com