Modern truck design takes extensive measures to ensure that your vehicle is safe and user-friendly. Thus, less maintenance is required as compared to older models of cars that were labour intensive to keep up and running. Nonetheless, modern engineering does not eliminate the need for some periodic upkeep, particularly when it comes to your tyres and wheels. Considering that these auto parts are the primary point of contact between your vehicle and the road, they are bound to show signs of wear faster than other auto parts. Hence, it is essential to be aware of when it is time to have the wheels of your truck aligned to prevent jittery driving, premature damage to your tyres or even becoming a hazard on the roads. If you have never had this form of maintenance performed, the following are symptoms that are indicative of imminent truck wheel alignment.
Your steering wheel is off centre
For some motorists, a crooked steering wheel may just be a visual irritant. In truth, this is one of the first signs that your wheels' alignment is steadily becoming compromised. When your steering wheel becomes off centre, you will notice that even when you drive down a straight road, it will still spontaneously turn to a particular side. If you do not correct this crookedness, you will find that your vehicle is having difficulty staying straight on course too. Instead of waiting for this issue to become progressively worse, it will be judicious to have your mechanic align your tyres for you.
Your vehicle is exhibiting hard and soft pulling
Another common symptom of misaligned truck wheels is the onset of pulling. Pulling will manifest in two main ways. Hard pulling is the sensation your experience when it feels like the car has a mind of its own and is continually trying to turn a different direction. This pulling can be quite forceful, and you will have to put in a considerable amount of effort to stop from losing control of your vehicle. Undoubtedly, hard pulling can be quite alarming as it means you cannot regulate your truck which could put you at risk of an accident.
Soft pulling, on the other hand, may not be as dramatic as its hard pulling counterpart is. However, since it is subtle, you are more likely to be unaware of it, and this allows the misalignment to become aggravated. Nevertheless, when you pay attention, you will notice that one in a while your vehicle seems to drift slightly off course, especially if you do not have a hard grip on the steering. Correcting soft pulling in good time will go a long way in preventing hard pulling from developing in the first place.