Are Your Wheels Misaligned?

Four Causes of Misaligned Wheels

When your car's wheels are properly aligned, you'll enjoy a smoother, more secure driving experience. However, many obstacles on the road can cause alignment problems. If your car is pulling to one side or has uneven tire wear, it might be time for a wheel alignment. But what can mess up your vehicle's alignment? The ASE-certified mechanics at Carlisle Air Automotive in South San Antonio, Texas, are here to explain more. Here are four things that can cause alignment issues.
    1. Bumps in the Road
Did you drive over a massive speed bump too quickly? If so, it might have jolted your car's alignment. To protect your car, drive over speed humps going no faster than five mph. Remember, slow and steady always wins the race.
    1. Curbs
Another thing that can throw your wheel alignment out of whack is accidentally hitting a curb with your car. We've all hit a curb once or twice when pulling out of a parking space or judging how close we are. Always be mindful of curbs when you're behind the wheel, especially when entering or exiting a parking spot.
    1. Auto Accidents
Even if it was a minor fender-bender, the force of a car collision can seriously mess you your vehicle's alignment. Depending upon how your car was hit, an accident can knock your wheels out of alignment. If the impact was strong enough, it could also damage your suspension. That's why we always encourage our customers to have their cars inspected after an accident.
    1. Potholes
Potholes are your suspension's worst enemy. If you drive over a deep pothole, it could harm your car's tires, wheels, as well as their alignment and balance. Furthermore, potholes can also damage your suspension. If you see a pothole in the road, drive around it. If you can't, drive as slowly as you can over it.

San Antonio’s Wheel Alignment Specialists

If your car needs a wheel alignment, contact the certified technicians at Carlisle Air Automotive in South San Antonio, Texas, today. We can be reached at [as_phone location=2] and will set your tires straight!

Written by Carlisle Air Automotive