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How do I know if I need a wheel alignment?

Signs that you need a wheel alignment

Every now and then, your car will send you signs that it needs some sort of maintenance done. While some of those will send you a notification, like a burned-out headlight or an overheating engine, others will not. A wheel alignment is one of those. This isn’t one of those things that needs to be performed at a certain interval like an oil change does. So how do you know if you need a wheel alignment? Check out the signs below!

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vehicle on a lift in an auto shopHow do I know if I need a wheel alignment?

Scheduling service for a wheel alignment may not be something you look forward to, but it’s essential. As you rack up the miles on your vehicle, you’ll undoubtedly drive over a bump or curb here or there. While this may not cause a lot of damage once or twice, they can add up to really wreak havoc on your wheels. You may notice things like your steering wheel pulling hard one way or the other or that you’re experiencing a loss in fuel efficiency.

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So how do you know if you need a wheel alignment? When you’re out on the open road, let go of the steering wheel for a couple seconds if you can. If it pulls hard one way or the other instead of staying straight for at least a few seconds, the wheels are probably misaligned. Other signs that the wheels are misaligned include uneven tire wear, uneven or rapid tire wear, or squealing tires.

If you’re not noticing any of the above but still curious how your wheels are looking, don’t hesitate to ask your mechanic to check them the next time you go in for servicing. They can let you know how your wheels look and if they’ll need to be aligned anytime soon. Be sure to schedule your service appointment with us here at Quirk Volkswagen in Manchester today to get started!