Think You Need An Car Alignment? Think Again

Anyone with a basic awareness of cars generally thinks that when your car pulls to one side you might need an alignment. Even if you have zero knowledge of cars but know they need regular adjustments, when your car starts pulling, you likely might head that route. The word seems self-explanatory and most of the time when you take your car in, an auto shop easily leans in that direction.

Alignments can be used and suggested as a cure all for multiple problems. If you haven’t had one in a while, it’s an easy start for mechanics. However, there are multiple scenarios why your car may pull in one direction, reasons that could save you some cash in the long run.

Tires are a big cause for vehicle pulling. Conicity, is considered a rather new concept in the wheel world and is a deficiency in a tire that describes the tire’s tendency to roll. Due to poor manufacturing, one distinctive mark of conicity is a tug that, as the car travels faster, seems worse.

Another speculation might be tire separation. This can be considered dangerous and may cause the tire to unexpectedly fail. A characteristic of the issue is a shake, especially if you are traveling at a low speed.

The wear and miles on your tire is another factor. Different brands, even sometimes the same brands, do not have the same features. For example, if you’re putting a new tire on the front, along with an older tire, the vehicle may not drive as straight as it should. It’s always best to replace tires in pairs.

Out of whack air pressure is another common problem. The height of the tire alters when the tire pressure is lower on one side, which in turn causes the alignment to change. More resistance also comes from an under inflated tire, making the pull more apparent.

Brakes could be the cause as well. If you have a pull, but only when applying the brakes, it is most likely related to the car’s stopping power. A burning smell, combined with a pull while braking, might suggest this issue.

There are a couple reasons to take into account that require no action. Did you know that cars designed for driving on the right side of the road are manufactured to pull slightly towards the right? This is to prevent the car from drifting into oncoming traffic if the driver falls asleep at the wheel.

Also, is it pulling on all roads or just on certain roads? Engineers don’t build roads level intentionally. They purposely lean toward the side with the drainage system. The slope may cause a vehicle to pull slightly in the direction of the slant. In the United States, most road drainage systems are on the right side. An experienced technician would know how to offset the vehicle alignment.

If you determine it’s not anything above, bring your vehicle into an auto repair shop. However, know your issues and be knowledgeable. It could save you some money in the long run.

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