One of the most common responses to a fender bender can be relief – at least your vehicle wasn’t totaled and no one was injured. However, even minor accidents can have serious consequences for your vehicle, including frame misalignment. And while you’ll still be able to drive your car with a misaligned frame in most cases, this issue can have serious consequences over time. Below, Main Auto Body, Inc. lays out five common car alignment symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored.
Know the Warning Signs
If you notice any of these issues while driving, your car could be misaligned. Although some of these signs can indicate other problems, such as low tire pressure, it’s always best to consult with an experienced auto technician to rule out alignment issues.
- Steering wheel vibration: If your tires are slightly pointed in opposite directions, they’ll cause the steering wheel to vibrate. At high speeds (i.e. highway driving), this has the potential to become dangerous.
- Your vehicle drifts to one side: To test if your car travels in a straight line, find a safe, empty space and, traveling at low speeds, keep your hands slightly off the wheel. If your car drifts to the left or right, it’s likely that it’s out of alignment.
- Your steering wheel isn’t straight: Without noticing, your steering wheel might be slightly off- center. This is a common way drivers compensate for misalignment without realizing it, and it can make turning much more difficult.
- Uneven wear on tires: If you or a certified auto technician notices that, for example, the inside of your tires are more worn than the outside, it’s a sign that weight is not being evenly distributed on your tires.
- Movement after hitting a pothole or bump: If your car is properly aligned, it will be easy to rectify a slight jerk from hitting a bump or pothole. However, if the car is out of alignment, it will be noticeably more difficult to get your vehicle back to a straight line.
If you’re concerned that your car may be misaligned, visit one of Main Auto Body, Inc.’s nine locations. Our certified, highly trained auto technicians can perform rear alignment, wheel alignment checks and full-service alignments to ensure your vehicle is in good condition and safe for driving. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to receive a free estimate.