It doesn’t take much to knock a car or truck out of alignment – with each pothole, curb jump and uneven patch of pavement, the suspension system and steering components on your vehicle take a real hit. And, before you know it, that new ride feel that you loved so much is long gone and replaced with a drive that feels and performs very differently.
But, there’s no need to despair – fixing a vehicle’s alignment is an easy repair, especially when it's left to our automotive service experts at Key West Ford.
Here are five common warning signs to watch out for:
1. Your steering wheel is off-centered
When you are driving down a flat and level road, the emblem on your steering wheel should appear level as well. If it is skewed to the left or right (even just ever-so-slightly) that is a sure sign that your alignment is out of whack.
2. Your steering wheel doesn’t return to centre
If after a turn, you find that your steering wheel doesn’t return to centre naturally on its own, then it’s a good indication that your alignment is off.
3. Your vehicle pulls to one side or the other
If you notice your vehicle pulling to the left or right while driving on a flat road surface, it’s time to have your alignment checked and corrected. Not only will this stop your vehicle from pulling from side to side, but it will also make for a more enjoyable ride.
4. You tires show abnormal wear
Improper vehicle alignment is one of the biggest causes of abnormal tire wear and it shows itself in various ways. For example, wear on only the inside or outside edges of the tires can indicate a problem with the camber adjustment, while feathering or scalloping can indicate a problem with the toe adjustment. Either way, if your tires are showing signs of abnormal wear, it’s time to have your alignment checked.
5. Poor handling
If the steering in your car feels unstable, improper wheel alignment is likely the culprit. In most cases, this feels like your vehicle is wandering across the road or is sloppy around corners. This kind of handling is not normal and should be addressed by a professional.
Want to learn more? If your vehicle is experiencing any of the warning signs listed above, then it’s time to bring your vehicle into Key West Ford for an alignment. Our Ford-trained Technicians will perform precise computerized diagnostics to ensure that your wheels are parallel, sitting flush on the road and that your steering wheel is straight and centred.
To learn more, contact our Service Department today to book your next maintenance appointment.