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What Causes Tires to Knock Out of Alignment

A wheel alignment service corrects your wheel’s angles to have them pointing in the right direction. There are many reasons why your car’s tires can lose their alignment. While it may not seem dangerous to you now, misalignment can create costly and extensive damages.


Every automaker has alignment specifications depending on the model and size of the vehicle. When your car’s wheels are knocked out of alignment, your tires won’t grip the road properly. Therefore, your vehicle’s handling and performance will be negatively impacted. Additionally, it will wear down your tires unevenly and prematurely. 

What Causes Tires to Lose Alignment

Wheel alignment intervals can vary depending on your vehicle, driving conditions, and tires.

  • Road Impacts: If you frequently ram into curbs, run into potholes, and speed over road bumps, don’t be surprised if your wheel alignment is off. These impacts, minor or major, can throw your vehicle’s wheel out of line.
  • Tire: Whenever you buy and replace your tires, your mechanic will typically recommend a wheel alignment to start off the tire’s life right. 
  • Wear and Tear: General tire wear can also cause your wheel alignment to mess up. The joints on your car can loosen, and the rubber can lose its integrity. That is why it is important to check your alignment at regular intervals.

Alignment needs may vary from one vehicle to another, which is why it is ideal for checking it at every oil change. You can also refer to your car’s owner’s manual to be sure. Otherwise, you should be on the lookout for the following warning signs of misaligned tires:

  • Uneven or rapid tire wear
  • Noisy tires
  • Vehicle pulling left and right
  • Loose handling
  • Crooked steering wheel

If you’re due for a tire/wheel alignment soon, please bring your car, SUV, or truck to the auto professionals at Yates Automotive. We will take care of you and your vehicle so that you can return to the road with confidence.

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