Ways to Check if your Alignment Needs Changing

It’s important to have control over the direction your car speeds into; your alignment is a major part of this. It helps to ensure its health if you know how to inspect it for possible problems. There are a few simple steps to doing this; here’s a quick overview of what to look for:

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Check The Tires:

Before you diagnose a┬áproblem, make sure it’s not being caused by your tires. There’s a few things to check out for:

  • Check the air pressure of your tires; uneven air pressure can affect steering.
  • Make sure your tire treads are similar on the front wheels; if they’re too different your car will drift to one side.
  • Look for significant wear on tires; if one is more worn than the other your car isn’t level.

Check Front-End Alignment:

Check to see if your front tires are “toe in”; do they point a little bit towards the center when driving straight? This is to give your tires extra traction when turning, but too much of a slant and the outside tires will wear down too fast.

Road Test:

Get on a flat, level road and start driving. Look for the following:

  • Check for sounds coming from the front; grinding or scraping are bad signs.
  • Check for a bent frame; have someone follow behind you, if your back wheels don’t follow right where you front wheels passed, this may be the problem.
  • Make turns in a parking lot while a friend watches the wheels. If he sees the tires leaning, the wheel bearings may be damaged.

These are just some things to look out for. Here at Street Automotive, we offer alignment repairs alongside a host of other auto related services. For more information, please give us a call at (480) 641-8784.