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Wheel Alignment and Other Solutions for a Swaying Vehicle

wheel alignmentHave you ever driven down the road and felt like you’re on ice or hydroplaning? It is definitely a scary situation and you certainly don’t want to drive your vehicle until you find out why it is swaying. There are a few different things that could be to blame and the first one to check is wheel alignment.

Wheel alignment is the most common cause of this problem. If one wheel is even slighting pointing the wrong way, it can feel like you are on roller skates. Though typically this is a front wheel issue, it isn’t a bad idea to have the back wheels checked out as well.

Another possibility is the tires. One way to check this out is to swap the front tires with the back ones, if possible. If you notice a difference, it is likely a bad tire. Another way to tell is if you notice a slight squirm at low speeds, but a more wobbly feel at higher speeds.

In addition to a wheel alignment or tire issue, you could also have a damaged component, such as a control arm or even frame damage. If you haven’t had an accident with the vehicle, hit a really big pothole, lent it to someone who might have or left it in the care of a garage that may have inadvertently damaged it, you can probably rule out something being damaged. If you have an older vehicle, however, a part could have worn out.  

The best thing to do if you are experiencing a swaying problem is get your vehicle to us at Highway Tire Auto & Lube. We have a great track record with diagnosing this type of issue and can perform the wheel alignment or another repair you may need. We also carry tires if it turns out you have a bad tire. A swaying vehicle can be dangerous, so please contact us as soon as possible.

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