Welcome to my blog. My name is Ken. One day, I was driving home from work when the engine in my car failed. While I waited for the recovery truck to arrive, I realised I didn’t have a clue what went on underneath the bonnet of my car. I signed up for an auto service course at my local community college, so I could gain the skills I needed to properly maintain my car and repair it if something when wrong while I was on the road. I wanted to start a blog to pass on these skills to other people so that they can look after their automobiles.
Hitting the occasional pothole when driving may not be a big deal to some motorists. However, this minor mishap on the roads can eventually become a big problem for your vehicle. The reason for this is the constant high impact when driving over these potholes will eventually lead to the misalignment of your wheels. What some people do not realise is that the worse this misalignment becomes, the higher the risk of your vehicle succumbing to a myriad of auto problems. So what are some of the issues that are typically caused by wheel misalignment?
Your vehicle's steering wheel starts to pull
For you to drive efficiently, you need to have complete control over your steering wheel. When your wheel alignment is off kilter, you will start to notice that the steering wheel looks off centre when your vehicle is parked. With time, the steering wheel gradually begins to pull to one particular side as you drive. In the beginning, this may be because you to exert more effort when turning the steering wheel. However, if not addressed, it can cause your car to drift if your hands are not firmly on the wheel at all times. This pulling is a scary prospect as it puts both you and other motorists at risk of an accident. Go in for car servicing if you suspect this is already happening.
Your vehicle's tyres are wearing down prematurely
Another way that wheel misalignment will manifest is by compromising your tyres. Quite often, if your wheel alignment is off, you will start to notice that your tyres will exhibit the signs of uneven wearing. This type of wear and tear is characterised by the wheels deteriorating at the edges, which would make it harder for your tyres to have a grip on the roads. Additionally, the uneven wear will also necessitate the need for premature tyre replacement, which can become costly in the long run.
Your vehicle's wheel are emitting strange noises
The act of turning the wheels of your vehicle should be inaudible. If you begin to hear strange noises such as grinding or whining, it could be a possible indicator that your wheels have become misaligned. This misalignment causes excessive friction in the wheel bearings, which causes the strange noises.
If you would like to save some money and also ensure that your vehicle is in optimal driving condition, you should have the wheels aligned on a regular basis.Share
12 April 2017