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How to Recognize and Address Wheel Misalignment

How to Recognize and Address Wheel Misalignment | Inmon Automotive

Have you ever experienced your car pulling to one side while driving straight or noticed uneven tire wear? These could be signs of wheel misalignment, a common issue that can affect your vehicle's handling, safety, and fuel efficiency. Learn to recognize wheel misalignment symptoms and fix them for smoother rides and longer-lasting tires.

What Causes Wheel Misalignment

Wheel misalignment occurs when the angles of the wheels deviate from the manufacturer's specifications. This can happen due to various factors, including:

  • Impact - Hitting potholes, curbs, or other obstacles can knock the wheels out of alignment.
  • Wear and Tear - Over time, components of the suspension and steering systems may wear down, leading to misalignment.
  • Improper Installation - Incorrectly installed or adjusted suspension or steering components.

Signs of Wheel Misalignment

Detecting wheel misalignment early can prevent further damage and ensure a safer driving experience. Look out for these common signs:

  • Vehicle Pulling -  If your car drifts or pulls to one side when driving straight, it may indicate misaligned wheels.
  • Uneven Tire Wear - Excessive wear on the inner or outer edges of the tires can be a telltale sign of misalignment.
  • Steering Wheel Off-Center - A crooked steering wheel when driving straight suggests misalignment.
  • Vibrations or Steering Instability - Shaking or vibrations in the steering wheel, especially at higher speeds, may indicate misaligned wheels.

How to Fix it

Fortunately, wheel misalignment is a relatively straightforward issue to address. Here's what you can do:

  • Professional Alignment Service - Schedule a wheel alignment service with Inmon Automotive. We use specialized equipment to adjust the wheels' angles to the manufacturer's specifications.
  • Inspect Suspension Components - During the alignment service, we will also inspect suspension and steering components for wear or damage and recommend any necessary repairs or replacements.
  • Regular Maintenance - To prevent future misalignment, follow the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule and avoid rough driving conditions that could knock the wheels out of alignment.

The Cost of Ignoring Wheel Misalignment

Ignoring wheel misalignment can lead to significant consequences that impact both your vehicle and your wallet. Here's a breakdown of the potential effects:

  • Uneven tire wear - Premature tire replacement may be necessary, costing hundreds of dollars.
  • Reduced fuel efficiency - Increased rolling resistance can lead to higher fuel bills over time.
  • Compromised handling and safety - Instability and erratic steering behavior increase the risk of accidents.
  • Suspension damage - Uneven stress on suspension parts can result in premature wear and costly repairs.

By addressing wheel misalignment promptly through regular alignment services, you can mitigate these potential consequences and maintain a smoother, safer, and more cost-effective driving experience.

Don't let wheel misalignment compromise your driving experience. Visit Inmon Automotive for professional alignment services that maximize tire longevity and fuel efficiency. Take the first step towards smoother rides – contact us today!

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