Common Causes of Car or Truck Alignment Problems

Vehicle alignment issues are not only annoying, but they can be dangerous and wear on your tires and suspension very heavily.  This article is designed to help educate drivers on making wise decisions on approaching this issue and not neglecting it.

Here are the common causes we see, how to detect, and ultimately, solve them.  

Bad Tires

If you have tires that are in desperate need of replacement, don’t go any further.  It’s incredible to hear how many claim the vibration and alignment issues are simply solved with new, balanced tires.   Look for dry rotting, bubbles, tread life, and the age of tires to determine overall condition.  When this is the case, you usually notice that the problem has gradually gotten worse over time.  

If your tires seem fine, let’s move on to;

Tire Pressures

Everybody should own a tire pressure gauge.  You usually can’t spot with your eye when a tire is under pressure until it’s 20% or more under pressure.  The recommended tire pressures are almost always on a sticker in the driver door jam.  For after market wheels and tires, this may not be accurate.  Running your vehicle on under or over inflated tires can not only cause alignment issues, it can also create more wear on the suspension, tire tread, and your finances.  In addition to replacing the tires more frequently costing you money, it will rob you of good gas mileage.  It’s a simple task to check your tire pressures, and can be done in less time than it takes to fill up a tank of gas.  You can even do them at the same time.  

If these fail to take care of your alignment issues, you could have a problem with your steering gear, the tie rods, control arms, or other suspension components.  Usually after servicing, an overall alignment needs to be performed any, needing the vehicle at a shop.

Hope this helps everybody, and I wish the best of luck in your driving endeavors.