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How to know if my car needs an alignment

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How to know if my car needs an alignment

With all the advances in vehicle technology and performance, it can seem daunting to keep up with all the required maintenance and repairs. Proper wheel alignment is one of the most important criteria for keeping your car driving safely and happily. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most overlooked. Many people deal with the signs and symptoms of poor wheel alignment, often unaware that it’s an easy fix. If you are wondering how to know if your car needs an alignment, then you have come to the right place at Pfaff Tuning. For the highest quality alignment services for your vehicle, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us today! In this blog, we share some information about some signs that your car needs an alignment. 

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Is your steering wheel off-center? 

If you’re driving straight down a flat, level road, your steering wheel should be sitting close to perfectly straight. There’s usually a small amount of discrepancy allowed depending on the crown of the road, but overall the wheel should be sitting centered and straight, and your vehicle emblem in the center of the steering wheel should appear level to you. If the wheel is off-center by more than a few degrees in either direction, it’s time to have an alignment performed. This will return your steering wheel to the center and may improve the overall drivability as well.

Does your vehicle pull to one direction or another?

Similar to the first point, vehicle pull is most easily noticed while driving straight down a level road. There is a common misconception that the vehicle should drive perfectly straight with your hands off the steering wheel. In a perfect world, this would be true, but in reality, this isn’t the case because all roads have some degree of crowning which causes a slight pull to one side. Completely removing your hands from the steering wheel is also very dangerous. Instead, the vehicle should drive straight ahead with very little effort on the steering wheel. If your car pulls to one side or the other, it’s time to have your alignment checked and corrected, which usually corrects the vehicle pull and improves overall drivability.

Does your steering wheel not return to the center?

After you complete a turn, the steering wheel should naturally start to return to center on its own as you keep driving. Of course, you need to keep your hands on the wheel to help it achieve this quicker and keep control of the car, but if your steering wheel doesn’t even attempt to move back to center, then it’s a good indication that your alignment is off. If this is the case, then you should have an alignment check done, and a full alignment performed if necessary.

Does the vehicle’s handling feel loose?

If the steering in your car feels a little loose or unstable, one of the possible causes is poor wheel alignment. This can be felt as wandering all over the road when driving, or the car feeling very loose and sloppy around corners. If your vehicle feels a bit unstable while driving, regardless of driving straight or turning, you should have the alignment checked, then corrected if necessary.

Why choose Pfaff Tuning for alignment services?

Pfaff Tuning provides alignment services for both street and track vehicles to help get your wheels pointing in the right direction. Our Hunter HawkEye alignment rack with zero clearance lift allows the lowest street and track machines to fit on the alignment system with no issues. If you are looking for more informant about your vehicle’s alignment, we encourage you to get in touch with a Pfaff Tuning representative today.

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