A quick check of your steering wheel can prevent problems

Steering wheels are often overlooked, taken for granted, and rarely present problems for the average vehicle owner. However, your steering wheel can clue you in to a potential suspension problem, which if caught early enough can save you hundreds of dollars in repair costs. Read on to learn how to check your steering wheel.


We’ve recently published a blog post explaining how to evaluate the wear patterns on your tires to diagnose potential suspension problems. Did you know that your steering wheel can help do that, too? It’s true! Here’s how to tell if your car might need a front end alignment:


1.     If your steering wheel is crooked, as shown in the image below on the right, you probably need a front end alignment. It’s important to test this while your vehicle is parked on very level ground. If you're parked on level ground and your tires are pointed straight forward, your steering wheel should look like the picture on the left below.
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 2.     When driving, do you find yourself holding onto one side of the steering wheel?

3.     Does it feel like your vehicle pulls to one side of the road when driving? To test this theory, find a very large, level area with no other vehicles or obstructions around. Gently, slowly accelerate and let go of the steering wheel. If your vehicle pulls to one side or the other, it’s probably time for a trip to the SVG Service Department for an alignment. Remember that it’s important to test this on a very level surface. Roads that are banked (center of road higher than edge of road) and roads that curve aren’t level; your tires will naturally want to follow the curve or banking, causing your steering wheel to turn off-center.


If you suspect you have an alignment issue, you might wonder how it happened. The most common cause of alignment issues comes from driving over potholes. Another common cause is hitting a curb with your tire. Making an appointment with the SVG Service Department to fix your alignment problem will not only help protect your safety, it can save you hundreds of dollars in suspension repair and tire replacement costs if left unchecked.



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