What are the symptoms of poor wheel alignment?

So you’re driving through Wigan or on the M6 nipping around the North West and you feel your car isn’t feeling quite right.  You may realise your car isn’t keeping a straight line or you feel a vibration in the steering wheel.  Both of these things could be a sign of poor wheel alignment on your car.

You may think that poor wheel alignment only happens on older cars but you’d be wrong.  Your car steering and wheel alignment is a very sensitive system sometimes all it takes is going into a small pothole or driving on a rough road to knock your wheel alignment out.

So keep an eye on it, if you experience any of the following systems, A&M Tyres can provide you with Four Wheel Digital alignment, that uses your car manufacturer’s exact specifications to bring your car back on track.

Common symptoms of poor wheel alignment

  • Uneven or rapid tire wear: Improper alignment can cause tires to wear unevenly. You might notice excessive wear on one side of the tire tread or in specific areas. This can lead to the need for premature tire replacement and decrease the overall lifespan of your tires.
  • Car pulling to one side: If your car tends to drift or pull to one side while driving on a straight road, it could be a sign of misaligned wheels. It feels like your car has a mind of its own and wants to go in a different direction.
  • Steering wheel vibration: Misalignment can result in a vibrating or shaking sensation in the steering wheel while driving, especially at higher speeds. It’s like your steering wheel is having a little dance party of its own.
  • Crooked steering wheel: When the wheels are not properly aligned, the steering wheel may appear off-centre or tilted to one side even when driving straight.
  • Increased fuel consumption: Poor wheel alignment can also contribute to decreased fuel efficiency. Misaligned wheels can create additional rolling resistance, which means your car needs more power and fuel to move forward.
  • Difficulty in handling and manoeuvring: If your car feels less responsive and more challenging to handle, it could be due to poor wheel alignment. Misaligned wheels can make it harder to steer and manoeuvre your car smoothly. It’s like your car is being a bit stubborn and doesn’t want to go where you want it to.

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to have your car’s wheel alignment checked and corrected by a professional tire specialist. Proper alignment not only improves the performance and safety of your vehicle but also helps extend the lifespan of your tires.

No matter what A&M Tyres are your first stop in Wigan for friendly, experienced service every step of the way.

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