If your car pulls in one direction when you drive, don’t panic. However, you should have an auto shop technician take a look at your vehicle as soon as possible.
There are a variety of reasons this could be happening — and sometimes the root cause seems unconnected to the symptoms.
1. Tire Air Pressure Is Uneven
Often, the culprit is something simple. Tire pressure that’s uneven can make your car pull to one side.
For example, when pressure is too low or high on the front left tire, the height of the tire changes, which causes a shift in alignment.
This is a good rule of thumb:
· Tires that show wear on the outer edges are underinflated.
· Tires that show wear on down the center of the tire are overinflated.
Often, the solution is easy: Inflate air to fit your vehicle model’s proper pressure.
However, low tire pressure could also be a sign of a tear or hole in the tire. If you continue to have deflation issues or your car continues to pull, this is clearly a sign of a bigger problem.
2. Wheel Alignment Is Off
One of the most common reasons your car will pull to one side is because the wheel alignment is off. When your wheel and axles aren’t lined correctly you’ll notice your steering wheel – and the whole front of the car – pull to the left or right.
If this is the problem, a mechanic can easily align your wheel and you’ll be good to go.
However, a more serious symptom of misaligned wheels is uneven tread wear. Because this wears tread down quickly and unevenly, your tires could become unsafe.
3. You Experience Brake Issues
Does your car pull only when you put your foot on the brake? Then a mechanic will check there first.
Chances are that you’re dealing with one or more of the following:
· Stuck calipers
· Collapsed brake hose
· Slide pin issues
4. The Wheel Bearing Is Bad
When wheel bearings wear out, the signs can’t be missed. Usually the car exhibits other symptoms before it starts to pull.
Usually, first you’ll hear grinding noises from the tire region and your steering wheel will shake. Finally, the car will likely pull to the left or right.
If the wheel bearing is bad, contact your mechanic immediately. Your vehicle is unsafe to drive in this condition.
5. Suspension or Steering Parts Are Worn Out
If your tires aren’t the culprit, your steering or suspension components could be the root cause. When either of these are worn out, your car could begin to pull to one side or the other.
Annual inspections will help you stay up-to-date to make sure nothing is worn.
If your vehicle shows any of these five signs by pulling in one direction when you drive, don’t hesitate.Bring your vehicle to us and one of our expert technicians will take care of you!