• Does my Vehicle Need a Wheel Alignment?

    When you drive a new vehicle off of the dealership lot you would be able to pull onto a straight road and take your hands off the steering wheel and notice that the car will continue to drive straight without much, if any, driver intervention (don’t try this at home!). However, as vehicles age and encounter numerous bumps in the road their ability to continue in a straight line without support from the driver decreases greatly.

    A vehicle’s wheel alignment may be thrown off by impacts with curbs or potholes, as well as larger collisions, but also due to simple wear and tear of high mileage. If you notice any of these signs of poor wheel alignment do not wait to get the issue resolved, as it is important to take care of this issue because it hinders your ability to safely operate the car.

    Pulling Sensation

    One of the first things you may notice if your vehicle is due for an alignment is the sensation that your car is drifting to one side of the road or the other as you drive. This is also referred to as pulling, and there are two different sorts.

    • Hard Pulling – Hard pulling means you are physically having to hold the steering wheel at a certain angle in order to keep the vehicle moving straight.
    • Soft Pulling – Soft pulling occurs when the car tends to drift without much force if the driver has a light grip on the wheel.

    Vibrating Steering Wheel

    Another common sign that a vehicle needs an alignment is if the steering wheel shakes back and forth. This will occur because the poor alignment has resulted in at least one tire pointing in a separate direction from the others. This causes the car to try and move in two different directions at once, pulling the steering wheel back and forth.

    Odd Tire Wear

    If you suspect that you’re having trouble with your alignment go ahead and check out your tires. You will likely notice strange tread wear if there is indeed an issue.

    It is very important to take care of bad alignment as soon as it becomes apparent in order to reduce safety hazards and prevent unnecessary tire wear. To schedule an appointment for professional wheel alignment in Laurel or Hyattsville bring your vehicle to a conveniently located All Tune and Lube. Our team of ASE Certified technicians perform full service auto maintenance and repair. To schedule an appointment for expert auto repair in Hyattsville or Laurel just give us a call at the location nearest you!