It is already terrible to drive on bad roads, and it is equally dreadful to drive on misaligned wheels. Properly aligned wheels help ensure optimal levels of drivability. Aside from giving a rough drive, misaligned wheels can cause uneven tire wear, damage to steering and suspension parts, as well as compromise the fuel economy of your car.
The alignment of the wheels is made possible by a set of nuts and bolts located in the sensitive area of knuckle in the axle. These nuts and bolts experience vibrations as the car moves. The vibrations are strong particularly when the car traverses bad roads. Over time, these nuts and bolts get loose and the wheels gets misaligns.
Likewise, all parts and components of a car are always subject to wear and tear. When parts like the suspension springs become worn and slack, the wheels can misalign. In addition, when the height of the vehicle is modified without adjusting the suspension, the wheels may also misalign.
Of course, external forces can cause the wheels to misalign. When the car collides with another object, the sudden jarring or impact may cause wheel misalignment. This is also true when the impact is great the car bumps a curb or hits a pothole.
But how would you know if your wheels are misaligned? Here are five common indications.