First-time Car Buyers: Tips for Navigating the Auto World

Troubleshooting Tire Wobble Or Bumping

A sudden shake, bump or trembling on the road can be frightening, but it could be a symptom of problems to come. Tire condition and axle alignment can have a major impact on the way you enjoy your trip, so if you're considering taking your repairs to a Ford dealer with a bit more information on your side, consider a few inspection areas for troubleshooting the right problem.

Tire Problems May Create Different Effects

Although most tire problems can be solved by simply replacing the tire, there are certain symptoms that need to be looked at more carefully. If it's beyond a flat tire because of screw or nail on the road, you may be dealing with the problem a few weeks later on a new tire.

  • Check the tread condition. Tires have raised ridges called treads in specific patterns to grip the road while allowing efficient rotation across your trip. These treads can be worn out over time through simple driving, but there may be more dangerous issues at hand.
  • Consider your driving area. Are the road conditions acceptable? Is it especially hot or rough on the road? If new tires are missing treads or worn out too quickly, the Department of Transportation or local road authorities may be responsible for the problem. Your tires may even be sold defective, giving you the option of demanding a replacement from the manufacturer or a refund as you find a new brand.
  • Look for cracks. The sidewall or other parts of your tires shouldn't have cracks if you don't know the cause. Cracks are commonly caused by driving on a low or flat tire for extended periods of time. If a tire is flat for a long time, the rubber may stretch and crack as well. If cracks are forming without significant drops in tire pressure on a new tire, contact the manufacturer immediately.

Axle Alignment Needs Precision Monitoring

The axles on your vehicle can be damaged by being involved in an accident, driving on rough terrain with too many heavy impacts or driving on bad tires. If your tires are fine, but the vehicle is still wobbling, you'll need to consider alignment.

Unfortunately, axle alignment checking is difficult to do without precision equipment. You'll need to visit an auto shop or preferably the vehicle's dealership to get to the bottom of the issue.

Axle alignment analysis is usually performed on an alignment gauge. Gauges are often in the form of roller platforms that allow your vehicle to drive in place. The machine can create a report on your vehicle's alignment, which mechanics can use to perform careful hand inspections before performing a precision realignment.

For specific assistance with your vehicle, contact a Ford dealership, such as Woodrum Ford Lincoln, to schedule a tire balance and axle alignment appointment.