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Why Is My Car Drifting and Pulling?

When driving around the East Providence, Pawtucket, and Cranston areas, there may Tire Servicecome a time when your vehicle starts to pull to the right or left. There are several reasons why this could be happening, which our team at Stateline Nissan will go over.

Read all about why your car could be drifting and pulling, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any auto repair questions.

Uneven Wear

Over time, the front tires will wear more than the rear tires, especially on the outside edges. This is due to the tires leaning over every time the vehicle drives around a corner. Due to the uneven wear, tires need to get rotated regularly. If not, your vehicle will start to drift and pull, which can be dangerous.

Memory Steer

After you make a turn when driving, the steering wheel will normally return to the center when you loosen it. However, when it fails to return to center (called memory steer), it means there could be an alignment issue, which results in drifting or pulling.

There could also be an issue with the tire rod. This keeps the steering rack connected to the steering arm, which lets you turn the car wheels via the steering wheel. Either way, you’ll need to get the vehicle looked at to correct the issue.

Low Tire Pressure

A vehicle could begin pulling to one side if a particular tire is low on air. For example, if your front left tire has a low tire pressure, then you might feel your car pulling toward the left.

To determine if you need more air in your tires, check the owner’s manual to see what the manufacturer’s air level recommendation is. Then, use a tire gauge to check what the tire pressure currently is in each tire. You can then either fill the tires up yourself at a gas station, or take it to a reliable tire service center to have it done.

Brake Problems

If your car is pulling to the left, it could be due to the fact that the left-side brakes are dragging. This is more likely the case if the problem is worse when the brakes are applied.

There could be several issues within the braking system that are causing the pull. For example, the brake caliper could either be sticking out or not releasing completely from too much fluid in the master cylinder’s reservoir. There could also be a weak brake drum or brakes that haven’t been adjusted correctly.

Schedule Service Today

If you notice your vehicle drifting or pulling to one side when driving around East Providence, Pawtucket, and Cranston, then you’ll need to get your vehicle looked at as soon as possible. Our certified technicians will determine the cause and will get to work right away on fixing the issue.

Either give us a call or schedule an appointment online, and we’ll confirm a day and time that work best for you. We here at Stateline Nissan have been helping drivers like you for many years, and we look forward to getting your vehicle in great shape.

So, don’t wait. Contact us for service today, or schedule your service online!