Steering Problems - Car Pulling To One Side

It can be frustrating, tiring and dangerous to drive a car that constantly pulling to one side. In this post, we are going to look at some of the specific reasons why your car may be pulling to one side or another while you are driving along the road. These include unbalanced tires or uneven tire pressure, damaged or worn brakes or wheel bearings, and misaligned wheels.  If your car is not running properly, book an appointment with Hansma Automotive for professional help.

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Tire Pressure Is Uneven/Unbalanced Tires

One of the most common causes of a car pulling to one side or another is uneven tire pressure. Buy an inexpensive tire pressure gauge and keep it in your glove compartment. Check your tire pressure every week or more often if you suspect that there is an issue. If one tire is losing pressure, it probably has a leak and should be examined by a tire expert. Uneven tire pressure will eventually cause uneven tire wear, lessening the effective life of your tires. Unbalanced tires can also be a culprit when your car is pulling to one side. Any time tires are installed they should be balanced. This includes when you are changing from summer to winter tires.

Wheels Misaligned

Wheels are aligned to go in the same direction. If one is even slightly off its true line it can cause the car to shake or pull to one side. Going over a bad pothole, hitting the curb or damaging the suspension can cause the wheels to become unaligned and no longer parallel to each other. A reliable auto repair shop will know how to address this issue and make the correct recommendation.

Damaged Or Worn Wheel Bearings

Your vehicle has a wheel bearing on each wheel. This allows the wheel to rotate freely. When they become worn, they often cause a grinding noise. After time, they may also cause the car to pull to one side. If you hear a grinding noise coming from the wheel area when you are driving, take your car to a professional, licensed mechanic immediately. 

Damaged Or Worn Brakes

Your braking system is comprised of a number of different parts, each having a specific function. You can read more about brakes on our service page. It is possible for a brake caliper to become seized, keeping the brake pads pressed against the rotor, and causing the car to pull to that side. Don't take chances with your brakes. Having your car regularly inspected for any problems is a great form of preventative maintenance

Hansma And Our Shuttle Service

At Hansma, we know that time is an issue. That's why we offer Hansma's complementary shuttle service. We will take you where you need to go and pick you up again. So don't worry about how you are going to get to work, your next appointment, or to shopping. Most services can be completed in a day or less and we are conveniently located in Kitchener at 88 Shoemaker Street. 

Sources:

Car Pulls In One Direction

Why Does My Car Pull To The Right Or The Left

What To Do When The Car Is Pulling To One Side

Is Your Car Pulling To One Side. Do You Need An Alignment?

 

Posted on December 19, 2015 .