Every vehicle has a suspension and steering system attached to the wheels. Since the suspension is connected to the rest of the vehicle, this allows the wheels and the tires to move the vehicle as they are spinning. Unfortunately, wheels do not stay aligned. There are certain driving circumstances that can cause the wheels to become gradually misaligned. For instance, if you drive on uneven roads or over potholes on a regular basis (we are talking to you Omaha), this will mess up the tire alignment. Sometimes it will just be a very small problem but can still cause issues for the tires and the overall driving experience of your vehicle.
You will not necessarily be able to tell if your wheels are misaligned by looking at them. You will need to pay attention to the symptoms. Once you notice them, you should take your vehicle to a mechanic and have the wheels aligned right away.
The most visual sign of a bad wheel alignment is when the treads of your tires start to become worn. Instead of having the grooves and patterns on them, your treads will look like flat rubber. Unless your tires are several years old, tire wear is an indication you have a wheel alignment problem. Do not let this go unfixed for long because it will reduce the tire life and impair your driving ability.
There is a simple test you can perform to see if your wheels are misaligned. Find a straight flat road to drive on with no one around. Center the steering wheel and then let go of it while the vehicle is in motion. The car should continue to drive straight if the wheels are aligned. But if the car swerves too much to the left or right, this means the wheels are not aligned properly.
Wheel alignment is meant to create a smooth driving experience. You should not feel vibrations coming from the steering wheel. If you do feel vibrations coming from the steering wheel, it could mean you do not have good wheel alignment. These vibrations might not seem like any big deal, but they are a warning sign.
As your tire treads continue to get worn out from a bad wheel alignment, you will notice squealing a lot more. You will hear them squeal as you step on the accelerator pedal and when you go to make turns. The worse your treads are, the louder the squealing will be.
You will experience all kinds of issues with the vehicle handling through the steering wheel if you have a bad wheel alignment. The biggest issue will be a hesitancy in the steering as you go to turn the wheel. For instance, you will rotate the steering wheel to make a turn, but the vehicle will not make the turn immediately. It may take a couple of seconds for the turn to occur. This is a serious wheel alignment issue that must be addressed as soon as possible.
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