Poor handling is a common automotive problem. Whether your vehicle is pulling hard to one side or the other, vibrating oddly while you drive or it just feels "loose" when making a tight turn, handling concerns can be a sign a different issues that you will want to get checked out. A professional mechanic will be able to diagnose the problem, recommend specific repairs and replace damaged components.
When your car is handling poorly on straightaways or around corners, there are several common causes that could be in play. Here are a few of the most notable handling issues we see at Fox Run Auto:
1. Wheel Alignment
Improper wheel alignment is the most common problem leading to poor handling. Over time, it's natural for the wheels to get out of alignment and eventually you will really notice it while driving. It's a good idea to get your wheel alignment checked periodically and professionally adjusted as needed.
2. Wheels and Tires
Sometimes, poor handling can be attributed to the wheels or tires themselves. Perhaps you have an imbalance in the tire air pressure or the tire treads are worn unevenly. Or, there could be damage within the wheel, such as the hub bearings or a loose bolt or lug nut.
Various brake problems can lead to poor handling. These include unevenly worn brake pads or rotors. Or, one of the calipers can be sticking to cause the pulling effect to one side or the other. Keeping your brakes healthy is important to your safety, as well as the overall performance of the vehicle.
There could also be a problem with your suspension system that is causing the vehicle to handle poorly. If you feel a lot of vibrations or the car just feels extra tight or extra loose while cornering, there is a good chance it's a suspension issue that you will want to get inspected and repaired.
5. Power Steering
The power steering system could also be the culprit. Your vehicle may be due for a power steering service, which will involve replacing the power steering fluid. Newer cars with electric power steering systems may just need a tune-up or adjustment to make sure everything is aligned and working smoothly.
6. Drivetrain, Axles, Differential or Transfer Case
The overall drivetrain system and components can definitely affect the handling of your car. If something is wrong with one of the axles or there is damage within a differential, you will certainly notice it while driving. In 4x4s and all-wheel-drive vehicles, you also have to be concerned with the transfer case that is there to control power to all the wheels simultaneously.
These are some of the most common problems associated with poor vehicular handling. If you notice that your car isn't running right or feels odd in any way while driving, bring it into the Mid-Atlantic auto repair experts at Fox Run Auto in Bear, DE. We'll determine the source of the problem and recommend the necessary repairs.
Call Fox Run Auto today at (302) 597-9205 or schedule your service appointment online.