The alignment of your wheels can significantly determine your safety and comfort on Bantam roads. A properly aligned vehicle drives straight and true, while a misaligned vehicle tends to drift or veer to one side or the other. Unfortunately, your alignment can be affected by something as simple as driving over a pothole. Hitting a curb or driving on uneven or poorly maintained roads can also cause wheel misalignment. Here are a few signs you may need wheel alignment soon or right away.
When your alignment is off, your tires no longer make contact evenly with the road. For this reason, it’s common to see uneven tire wear when alignment is needed. Your tread may look lower on the inside or outside of your tires. It may look like the tires on one side of your vehicle are wearing down faster than the tires on the other side. When your alignment is correct, your tires should all wear evenly.
If your steering wheel is crooked when you’re driving straight down the road, it’s a sure sign of misalignment. Often, the steering wheel will also shake when the wheels are out of alignment. If you experience either of these things, it’s wise to have your vehicle serviced.
When your wheels don’t track straight, they tend to pull your vehicle to one side of the road or the other. You may find it difficult to stay in your lane, even when you’re driving down a straight road. Depending on the severity of your misalignment, your vehicle may simply drift easily into other lanes, or it may swerve if you let go of the steering wheel for even a moment.
Sometimes tires can squeal as a result of misalignment. Usually, the squealing noises occur during turns. In addition to being annoying and embarrassing, squealing tires are also a telltale sign of a more serious alignment problem.
A typical wheel alignment appointment doesn’t take very long, but it can make a huge difference in how your car handles. To schedule your alignment service, call The Quiet Zone in Bantam, Thomaston, Torrington, Naugatuck, Watertown, or Torrington today or schedule your service online.