What Are Signs That Indicate a Need for a Wheel Alignment?

Control and safety are tough to maintain when your car's wheels are misaligned. The last thing you want to do is put your, your passengers, and other drivers' safety at risk. To avoid having misaligned wheels, please avoid hitting potholes, curbs, or any major bumps on the road. However, a recent car accident may also cause your wheels to shift out of alignment. If you're unsure whether any of these events recently happened to you, you can check to see if you have the following signs below:

Vehicle pulling left or right

Driving straight should be a breeze for most drivers, thanks to power steering. However, if you notice that you are having difficulty keeping your car in between the lines, you may need to get a wheel alignment. 

Uneven tire wear

If you haven't already, you should be checking your tires regularly. If you notice wear spots in distinctive areas over others, your tires are wearing unevenly, meaning you should check to see if you need a wheel alignment to fix the problem.

Off-centered steering wheel

When driving straight, do you notice anything off about the steering wheel? If it looks crooked in any way, you should have your wheels checked out to correct the problem. 

Loose Handling

The steering wheel should feel pretty tight when you grip it. However, you may notice that the steering wheel feels looser than normal. This is a somewhat common sign of misalignment. 

Random Vibrations

Misalignment can also cause the steering wheel to vibrate or shake repeatedly. It may cause the entire vehicle to pulse in a few cases, which can be very annoying. 


If you experience any of the signs of misalignment above, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our Erie repair shop today. You'll be pleased to know that the experts at Harrell Automotive always put your safety first!