Is there a more annoying driving experience than having your car pull to one side? When you’re continually pulling your wheel left or right to maintain a straight line, it’s difficult to concentrate on driving safely.
The worst thing is that you have no idea how to address it or what’s causing it. Fortunately, we can assist with that.
Wheel alignment is one of the most frequent causes of pulling.
The most frequent cause of a car pulling to one side is an issue with the wheel alignment. Wheel alignment will be affected by driving circumstances, whether it skews to one side over time or you hit a particularly nasty pothole, and it should be checked frequently.
The process of aligning your wheels and axles such that they form a rectangle that is parallel to one another and at a right angle to the road is known as wheel alignment. A mechanic will align your wheels and axles to form this rectangle and then modify the suspension angles to affect the position of the wheels.
Utilizing manufacturer recommendations, the correct alignment technology, and tools, your mechanic will do the necessary adjustments for your vehicle.
Roads are never constructed completely level.
Nearly all highways are constructed with a small slope towards the side where the drainage lies. This is an additional element that could make your automobile pull to one side. This slope will be taken into consideration by several car industry experts when calculating alignment.
When ought I to get my wheels straightened?
Every time you alter your tyres for the proper driving season, we advise obtaining a wheel alignment.
The alignment of my wheels has been examined - What Else Could the Issue Be?
There are a couple more possible offenders that we can look at if you recently had your wheels aligned.
Your tyres' air pressure is inconsistent.
Sometimes all it takes to fix a problem is to add some air. As you drive, tyre pressure changes, and occasionally one tyre will have less pressure than the others. The first thing you should do if you see your automobile tugging to one side is check your tyre pressure and, if required, add extra.
If this resolves your issue, great! The issue can be more serious if you find that your automobile is still drifting to the left or right.
Tire Conicity Is What You're Experiencing
A tyre conicity is a flaw that occurs during tyre manufacturing. Sometimes, during the manufacturing process, one of the parts shifts, causing the tyre tread rubber to solidify in a somewhat cone-shaped pattern rather than the intended cylinder pattern. This makes the side of your automobile with the damaged tyre pull to that side. New tyres immediately exhibit this type of coincidence, which is covered by warranties.
After putting several thousand miles on your tyres, if you start to feel a pull, it’s either due to uneven wear from driving conditions (such slick winter roads) or a suspension problem. Bring your vehicle to us so that we can more precisely identify the issue.
The steering or suspension has a worn-out component.
If your automobile is pulling to one side, it could not be your tyres but instead your steering or suspension. Your car’s performance will be affected by worn-out parts.
Also Known as a Memory Steer
A automobile that pulls in the direction you recently turned is known in the industry as memory steer. For instance, if you made a left turn along a street, your automobile would abruptly begin to pull to the left. Tie rods, strut bearings, ball joints, and other suspension and steering parts are to blame for this.
You have uneven brake wear.
We’ll check there first whether your car pulls when you brake. Stuck callipers, which often make grinding noises, are an illustration of a pulling issue brought on by the brakes. Your brakes will wear unevenly if one of your callipers, which provide pressure to your brake pads, is partially jammed.
Make an appointment with us soon away if you notice anything strange about your brakes because they are crucial in slick winter and spring driving conditions.
A faulty wheel bearing
Over time, the wheel bearings deteriorate and when this happens, there are noticeable symptoms. There should be some other issues before you notice the tugging to one side.
First, the region around the tyre will make a grinding sound. The steering wheel may also begin to tremble. Your automobile will eventually begin to pull.
When a wheel bearing fails, you should cease operating the car. Driving while having weak bearings is dangerous, and you shouldn’t do it if you don’t want to endanger your passengers or yourself.