How Do I Know if My Car Needs to be Realigned?

Auto mechanicsPerhaps you’re driving down one of those long and winding roads in the Hilton Head or Savannah areas and you hit a series of pot holes. Or maybe you’ve been driving your vehicle for years and years ad the tires are really starting to wear on one side. Or perhaps—banish the thought—you’ve been in an accident. All of these scenarios could mean your car needs to be realigned, but how can you detect misalignment and what can you do about it? The Peacock Collision Center is here to help.

How to Know If Your Wheels Are Misaligned

Though we can’t always predict what will lead to wheel misalignment, we can identify it once it exists. In particular, there are a few signs to pay close attention to in this regard and which usually indicate an alignment problem. These include:

  • An off-center steering wheel
  • A vehicle that pulls in one direction or another
  • Abnormal tire wear in certain spots
  • Loose or strange-feeling handling
  • A steering wheel that doesn’t return to the center after you complete a turn

Why You Need to Get It Fixed

Much like repairing damage at a collision center, if you discover any of these problems and believe that your wheels misaligned, then you should do something about it pronto. Otherwise, leaving the problem untreated can lead to any—or all—of the following:

  • Worsening tire wear
  • Shorter tire life
  • Poor handling
  • Safety problems, including potential tire blowouts

Learn More at Peacock Collision Center Today

While the effects of wheel misalignment can be dangerous in the long term, fixing it is easy and affordable at the Peacock Collision Center. Beaufort, Hilton Head Island, and Blufton drivers can be in and out with a properly aligned vehicle in no time. If you have any questions or want us to inspect your alignment, visit us at 1667 North Okatie Highway in Ridgeland, SC or give us a call at 800-483-0578. You can also schedule an appointment online. Remember: if you sense any pulling to the left or the right or notice any uneven tire wear, it is time to check your alignment.

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