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What To Do When Your Car Pulls To the Side

Are you struggling to keep your vehicle in between the marked lines? Your car is most likely pulling in one direction, which means something is terribly wrong. Not only is car pull disturbing, but it can also be very dangerous to a certain degree. Many things can cause your car to pull left or right: uneven tire pressure, wheel misalignment, or worn suspension parts. Here's how to troubleshoot the problem!

STEP 1: FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE ISSUE 

Does it pull left or right? And does the direction vary? Does it pull when you speed up, or particularly when you apply the brakes? Recognizing these little details can help you (and your technician) hone in the cause quicker.

STEP 2: CHECK TIRE PRESSURE 

Incorrect tire pressure is the most popular explanation for why your car can't drive straight. With over or under-inflated tires, your vehicle may feel wobbly and lean. This pull can happen right or left, depending on which tires are affected. Not only will you experience pulling, but it can prematurely wear down your tires. To measure your tires, visit your nearest air fill station. Or visit Gordon Automotive for the job.

STEP 3: RECALL YOUR LAST ALIGNMENT  

If you can't remember when you had your last wheel misalignment, it probably means you needed one all along. You might notice uneven tread, a crooked steering wheel, or tires that don't look straight coupled with the movement. Our professional team can adjust your steering with a wheel alignment to optimize all adjustable angles for your safety. We can take a gander at your suspension parts as well.

STEP 4: TEST YOUR BRAKES

Suppose you find your car pulling to one side while braking; you may be dealing with a sticky brake caliper or blocked brake line. Your brake calipers apply pressure to your brake pads and then the rotors. If one of the calipers doesn't apply enough power, your vehicle may feel unstable. For brake repairs, you can count on Gordon Automotive.

STEP 5: GET AN INSPECTION (AND REPAIRS)

Other reasons for a wobbly car ride include a bad wheel bearing, worn steering linkage, a faulty steering angle sensor, or an aging tie rod. These are far more difficult for the average individual to diagnose on their own. If you're encountering car pulls, don't put off a necessary inspection. Please make a note of the condition and consult with a trusted technician at Gordon Automotive. We'll help your car move in the right direction. Give us a call or make an appointment online with us today.