Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Issues with Damaged or Broken Wheels

One of the main things that people seem to neglect on their vehicle is the wheels. People normally do not spend their time looking at the condition of their wheels so it goes without saying that this area on a vehicle suffers for long periods of time before anything is done about it. Below is a list of some of the most common problems that you may encounter when it comes to the wheels on your vehicle and suggestions on what you should do if you have any one of these issues with your wheels.

• The wheels are out of balance. This is perhaps one of the most common issues that people come across where their wheels are concerned. You will notice this especially when you are going at higher speeds as the front end of your car or truck will start to vibrate. Some people say that the vibration will then go away once they level off at a certain speed. This is not the safe way to handle this situation. You need to get the wheels checked so that you can get them properly balanced so that you will not end up with an unwanted accident.

• Need a front-end alignment. This is a problem that will cause your vehicle to pull more to one side. You will see this if you are holding the steering wheel and you have to pull the wheel in the opposite direction to keep the vehicle driving correctly. This can make the vehicle to pull more to either side. You will need to have the alignment on the front end checked and adjusted if necessary. This can be very dangerous if you are not paying attention and holding on to the wheel tight. Sometimes you may find that driving on certain surfaces such as a bridge can affect the steering of the vehicle so be sure that your wheels are aligned properly.

• You may also notice that the vehicle is not driving correctly if the tire pressure is off so be sure to check the pressure in all tires frequently. You do not want to drive around with tires that are different sizes. If you find that you have a wheel that is of different size then the rest then you will need to make sure that you have all four wheels matching.

• If you notice that your wheel is loose or wobbly then you may want to check the lug nuts to make sure that they are all tight. This will be real noticeable when you are driving down the road and you feel the wobbliness in the steering wheel. The front end of the car may seem to be shimmying or shaking. You need to get this checked as soon as possible.

• Be sure to check the wheels for lumps and bumps. You may need some help to get this done as you will have to drive forward a little bit at a time and have someone look at each wheel for abnormalities. You also want to be sure that the tread on the tires is in good shape as you can have a blow out if the tread is too low.

• You may have the wrong wheel size of you notice that your wheels seem to wear down rather quickly. You can keep track of this by making it a point to check your wheels on a weekly basis. This way you will be used to what they need to look like when they are in good shape and you will quickly notice if something is not right with them.

Take care of your vehicle is up to date with proper maintenance and this includes the wheels. The wheels are what move your vehicle around on the road and if you do not have the wheels the way they need to be then you can run the risk of getting into an accident. This can do harm not only to your vehicle but also to yourself as well as others.

You should try to plan on regular maintenance to your wheels each month to ensure that they are functioning as they should. You want them to be all the same size with no abnormalities. You also want to make sure that the air pressure is up where it should be and that your front end is properly aligned.

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