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How To Know When It's Time For A Wheel Alignment? 

How To Know When It's Time For A Wheel Alignment

Signs you need a car wheel alignment 

For the most part, you know when something feels “off” with your car. You notice if your brakes start squeaking, or if your air conditioner stops working in the middle of a San Diego summer. But some issues can be so subtle that it’s easy to assume they’re just quirks – or worse, normal.

Many drivers deal with the symptoms of poor wheel alignment completely unaware that there’s a problem. Perhaps the steering wheel looks a bit off center, or the handling feels a little loose. These may not seem like major issues that require immediate attention, but over time, improperly aligned wheels can cause your tires to wear unevenly and prematurely, and they can even affect your fuel economy.

In other words, getting a wheel alignment is key for optimal drivability: it helps your tires last longer and ensures a smoother ride. We know it can be tricky to keep up with all the required maintenance and repairs for your car, but there are a few obvious signs it’s time to bring your vehicle into California Motor Works for a wheel alignment.  

Your car pulls to one side or the other

On a level road, your car should drive straight with very little pressure on the steering wheel. If your car pulls a considerable amount to either the right or left, a wheel alignment can get your wheels pointed in the right direction for improved maneuverability.

Your steering wheel looks crooked

Ideally, your steering wheel should be almost perfectly straight when driving on a flat, level road. If the emblem in the center of your steering wheel looks tilted by more than a few degrees in either direction, it’s time for a wheel alignment.

You’ve noticed uneven or premature tire wear

Improper wheel alignment can cause the threads on the inside or outside of your tires to wear out more quickly. It can also cause your tires to grind against the pavement rather than roll along, making them wear out faster than they should.

Your tires squeal when you turn

Excessively worn tires often squeal as they rub against the pavement. Squealing tires can also be a result of other issues, like low tire pressure or loose wheel covers. An experienced technician can determine whether the cause is related to your wheel alignment.

The steering wheel feels loose

If you can move your steering wheel one to one and a half inches in either direction without the tires turning, poor wheel alignment may be to blame. When you can’t control the position of the front wheels, heavy traffic and winding roads become even more dangerous.

Come to California Motor Works for wheel alignment in San Diego

Your car performs best when all four wheels are pointing in the right direction and making even contact with the road. If you’ve hit a pothole or bumped into a curb and notice any of the signs of improper wheel alignment above, give us a call to schedule a wheel alignment. Our certified technicians will use their expertise along with our state-of-the-art computerized alignment equipment to maximize your car’s performance and fuel efficiency.

Call us at (858) 560-1245 to schedule your wheel alignment today.