As part of your ongoing vehicle maintenance, you should make sure you prioritize checks of your vehicle alignment. Alignment issues could very quickly lead to you damaging your German vehicle tires in Albuquerque, NM.

Improper alignment can affect the health of your tires and your suspension system, so if you start to notice symptoms of alignment issues, it’s important you make a trip to a mechanic as soon as possible to get the issue resolved. With this in mind, here’s a quick overview of some of the most common signs and symptoms of suspension problems in vehicles:

  • Car pulling from side to side: It’s not unusual for a vehicle to gently pull either to the left or the right, as most roadways are not completely flat. However, if you start to notice that it’s taking significantly more effort for you to keep your vehicle centered than you’re used to, or that you’re having a hard time getting the proper handle on your ride, then this could be an indication that you’re dealing with a wheel alignment issue. Head to a mechanic as soon as you can to get your vehicle checked out and to make any necessary corrections.
  • Vibrations in the steering wheel: Another common sign that you’re dealing with an alignment issue is if you start to experience a weird vibrating sensation while gripping the steering wheel, especially if you’re traveling at higher speeds. If you fail to resolve this issue in a timely manner, this could result in some significant damage to your tires, potentially even experiencing flats or blowouts. There’s also a chance you’re dealing with a suspension-related problem, but even the suspension issue could be caused in part by poor wheel alignment.
  • Uneven tire wear: As we’ve alluded to a couple times already, poor wheel alignment is one of the biggest factors in tires wearing down unevenly or needing to be replaced before they’d otherwise have worn down their treads properly. This is because uneven alignment will result in some tires driving and wearing differently than others, or could result in some tires having more pressure on them than others. Tires that wear unevenly become dangerous to drive on, because you can’t necessarily count on all of them to perform in the same way. This especially makes them unsafe if you’re turning.
  • Steering wheel emblem off center: A fourth issue that could be a sign of wheel alignment problems is if you see a difference in the steering wheel placement. Specifically, if you notice the emblem on the steering wheel isn’t centered even if your vehicle’s wheels are pointing straight ahead, this is likely a sign that you are having some alignment difficulties and need to get your vehicle checked out by a mechanic.

These are just a few of the signs that indicate you need to head in for a German vehicle alignment in Albuquerque, NM. For more information about the services we offer and how you can spot alignment issues, contact the team at Hans Wittler’s Automotive today.