The wheels in your Audi may have alignment problems if the car begins to pull to one side or make odd noises. If you hit a pothole or a curb at a relatively high impact, you may misalign that wheel, and your tire may squeal. If it is not such a violent misalignment, the tires can make an unusual humming sound as they are not gliding down the road properly and instead, gripping the road at an uneven angle. You know your Audi better than anyone. If you notice unusual sounds, bring it into our shop right away for an inspection. Let’s look closer into this issue.
Signs of a Poor Wheel Alignment
- Vehicle Pulling to a Particular Side: A vehicle having alignment issues will pull to one side, and it may squeal when cornering, even at low speeds. It is the most common and easiest sign to notice. When your Audi’s steering wheel is straight but you notice that your Audi pulls to one side, then it is certainly because of poor alignment.
- Off-Center Steering: Another common sign of improper alignment is when the steering wheel of your Audi is not aligned with the direction your car is moving. Your steering wheel may be tilted slightly to the left but your car is moving down the middle of the lane.
- Excessive tire wear in certain spots: If the tire of your Audi has worn excessively around the edge, then that is certainly a sign of poor alignment. The tires may have an odd humming sound as well. This occurs when the positive camber exerts pressure on the edge of the tower. It is commonly called camber or toe wear.
- The steering does not feel tight: Loose steering is caused by several problems such as a damaged or worn-out pitman’s arm, tie rod or ball joint, and bad wheel alignment. It is very unsafe to use your Audi with loose steering because it affects your ability to handle the car and maneuver it safely.
You may be tempted to ignore any of the signs above, and they may seem minimal; however, it is important you fix your Audi’s alignment issue immediately to avoid more damage to the tires and your Audi.
Misalignment in your Audi has a negative effect on your fuel economy, as your car needs to work harder, and thereby use up more fuel. Whenever you notice any of the signs of a poor alignment in your Audi, it is important to bring your car to our professional mechanics for proper alignment.
Types of Alignment
There are three types of alignment that can be done on your Audi car, and they include:
- Camber: This checks the wheel’s angle when looking at the car from the front. A positive camber occurs when the wheel tilts away from your Audi and vice versa.
- Toe: It occurs when the front wheel is aligned to the back wheel. When the front wheel points to the center it is a positive toe and vice versa.
- Caster: This is done by measuring the wheel’s pivot angle when looking straight from the car’s side. When the upper point of the wheel is tilted to the back, then it is a positive caster and vice versa. When there is a misaligned caster, your Audi’s steering would feel light and heavy.
Turning Wrenches Will Properly Align your Audi
If you notice any of the above symptoms in your Audi, it is important to bring your car to Turning Wrenches for realignment. We are known for our superior workmanship on European vehicles, and we provide the best servicing and maintenance to European car drivers in the Louisville, KY area and surrounding cities.
At Turning Wrenches, our mission is to optimally provide our customers with satisfaction. Our ASE-certified professional mechanics use the latest OEM tools and equipment to provide quality repair and maintenance service. Our service includes a full initial inspection so that we get to the root of the problem.
Stop by our shop or contact us today for diagnosis, repair, replacement, and maintenance of any system of your vehicle, as we specialize in European makes and models. We are excited to serve you and make you a regular customer. Book an appointment with us now!