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4 Signs Your Semi Truck is in Need of a Tire Alignment

You love the freedom and flexibility of the trucking lifestyle. It's exciting, you get to see the country. There's nothing quite like the thrill of the open road! However, you also know you need to stay safe on the road to avoid an accident.

One of the main causes of these accidents -- even those that, fortunately, don't end in fatalities or serious injuries? Improper tire alignment.


As a truck driver, owner, or manager of a semi truck fleet, you need to know the most common signs of alignment problems in your tire. This post is here to make sure that you know exactly what to look for.


 

1. Your Tires Aren't Wearing Evenly

Do you know what one of the most common symptoms of bad alignment is?  It's tires that aren't wearing evenly or that seem to be crooked.  If you're dealing with improper alignment, the edges of your tires will be far more worn out than the rest of the tire.


To see whether or not your tires are on straight, grab a small piece of steel or pipe and press it to the tires. If you see huge gaps between the pipe and your tires, then it's likely an indication of an issue with your axle.

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2. You're Getting Frequent Flat Tires

This is another sign that something isn't right with your tire alignment.  Do you get flats more often than usual? If you haven't run over a nail or another piece of debris, but still keeping getting flats, then it's properly happening because your axle isn't aligned correctly.


You'll need to take it into a professional to have things fixed before you blow out another tire and risk hurting yourself or others on the road.

 

3. Your Steering Wheel Is Off-Center

Have you noticed that your truck's steering wheel seems to be a little crooked, even when you're driving perfectly straight on a road?


This is a sure sign that the alignment of your tires is off. If you notice that the wheel is more than a few degrees crooked, and if the condition persists for longer than two days, then you'll know for sure that's the problem.

 

4. The Truck Keeps Pulling to One Side

When you're driving your truck, does it just feel like the normal pull that truck drivers often experience has been kicking into overdrive recently?


While you're used to feeling a marginal pull, a larger one that can sometimes be tough to control is a serious issue. It's also a clear sign that your tire alignment is off.

If your truck seems to keep pulling to the side, don't wait. Take it into a professional immediately.

 

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Looking for Professional Assistance with Truck Tire Alignment and Repairs?

We hope that this post has taught you how to tell if the alignment is off when it comes to your semi truck tires.


Of course, when you discover tire alignment problems, your best bet is to take the truck in to be repaired and thoroughly inspected by a professional. 


That's where we come in. 


 Whether you need assistance with alignment, balance, commercial tire repair, or anything else, get in touch with us to learn more about the truck and RV services that we offer.

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