How to Tell Your Car Needs a Wheel Alignment



How To Tell Your Car Needs A Wheel Alignment


Wheel alignment is important for safe driving and the longevity of your vehicle, but it is one of the most overlooked service procedures. Improper wheel alignment affects steering, turning, suspension, and the tire's performance and tread's longevity.

Wheel alignment should be monitored regularly because inadvertent actions such as driving on pot holes and unpaved roads, bumping the curbs or concrete parking stalls can put force on your tires therefore throwing off alignment right away. Here are five signs to watch for:

Pulling

Does your vehicle feel like it is getting pulled to one side of the road when you're driving on a smooth road? This is a telltale sign that your vehicle is in need of a wheel alignment service.

Whacky Wheel

The car's emblem on your steering wheel should be perfectly horizontal when driving straight. If the wheel needs to be held at an angle in order to drive straight, your vehicle needs immediate attention from a Service Advisor.

Tread Wear

Uneven tread wear is an easy way of telling your wheel alignment is incorrect. If you notice uneven tread wear on either sides of your tires, they may be inflated incorrectly or a wheel alignment service may be due.

Turn, Return

After a turn, does your steering wheel smoothly return into the proper position? If your wheel feels sluggish or loose, it is a sign that your vehicle is due for a wheel alignment service.

Shaking

The final symptom that your vehicle is in need of a wheel alignment is a shaky steering wheel. If your wheel shakes or vibrates when driving on a smooth straight road, your car may be due for a wheel alignment service.

If your vehicle shows some or all signs of a wheel alignment, make sure to attend to it as soon as possible by trained technicians. Bring it to Kingsway Honda - 368 Kingsway, Vancouver BC, V5T 3J6 and have one of our trained technicians to take a second look. Check out our current service specials and book your next service appointment online! Have more questions about your car's wheel alignment? Contact us online or give us a call at 604.874.6632!