What Happens to Your Vehicle if Your Wheels Aren’t Aligned?

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Maintaining proper tire alignment on your vehicle not only protects your tires; it also helps to prevent accidents down the road. Without proper alignment, your tires suffer, which means your vehicle suffers. Here’s how:

Improper Tire Alignment: A Quiet Problem

What Causes Misalignment?

Over time, your car or truck will take you through all sorts of terrain and road conditions. You may not realize that some conditions have an extremely negative effect on your vehicle. For example, driving over potholes can jolt your wheels out of alignment, even though the hole didn’t seem very dangerous.

Your wheels can also become misaligned when you “check the curb,” or hit the curb with your tires. You may run over a piece of debris in the road, not realizing what it’s doing to your wheels. Even a minor fender bender can even be enough to send your tires out of alignment, though you may be thinking more about your car’s appearance and insurance than your wheels.

Wearing Down Your Tires

All of these things contribute to your tires being knocked out of place, little by little. This movement makes the tires uneven, which then causes uneven wear. If left alone for too long, the uneven wear will break your tires down until they are unsafe for driving because they are too damaged. If that happens, you’ll want to get them replaced as soon as possible.

You’ll notice improper tire alignment most when driving. If you notice that your tires tend to pull your vehicle to one side, challenging your driving control, that’s a pretty good sign that you have misaligned wheels. This tendency has the unfortunate habit of causing car accidents.

In order to prevent being involved in a dangerous accident, you should get your alignment checked with every other oil change. The longer you wait, the more damage your vehicle could sustain. Ask your auto specialist about checking your tires the next time you take your car into the shop – your tires will thank you!

Contact Performance Auto today to speak with our honest and qualified team. Let us take care of your car repair today!


  1. You got my attention when you said that your tires are misaligned if you notice that your car is pulling to another side. My husband fetched me from the grocery store yesterday, and I was annoyed with the way he drove because his car seems to keep on shifting to another lane. We almost had an accident because of it, so I’ll have his tires aligned as soon as possible.

  2. Tires should be taken care of all the time, no matter what. Any misalignment whether you take it seriously or not might lead to a major mishap especially with the winters approaching you should be extra careful as the tires might drift and that won’t be appropriate.

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