Why Is My Car Drifting and Pulling?

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Are you experiencing any drifting or pulling during your Gulfport, Long Beach, or Biloxi area drives? The experts here at Pat Peck Honda have compiled the following information to help give you a better idea of what the issue might be, so you can make an informed decision as to how to remedy the situation.

As always, if you have any questions as you’re reading through this information, don’t hesitate to discuss it with one of our skilled automotive technicians who would be more than happy to help out.

Read on to learn about the different causes of why your car might be drifting and pulling and what to do about them.

What Exactly Is Your Car Doing?

Getting Your Tires' Pressure Checked

Pay close attention to how your car is acting in order to better determine the cause of this behavior. For instance, is your vehicle only pulling to the left or only to the right? Does it only seem to happen when you use the brakes? Does it drift every time you hit the gas pedal?

Now that you have a better understanding of your car’s behavior, let’s take a look at some of the possible causes.

Tire Pressure

Tire pressure can have a lot of influence on the way your car acts while on the road. Having too much or too little air in your tires can cause it to drift in the direction of the less inflated tire or tires. Also, not amending the situation could cause more immediate issues that can result in problems with your alignment.

Accordingly, if you’re noticing any pulling and you suspect that your tires might be the cause, go ahead and check your owner’s manual for the correct tire pressure level for your vehicle and fill your tires up to the recommended level.

Wheel Alignment

Getting Your Brakes Checked

Wheel alignment is another possible reason why your car might be drifting or pulling. Some key indicators of this are squeaky tires, uneven wear on your tires, and a noticeably crooked steering wheel. Not recalling the last time you had your wheels aligned is another indication it might be a good time to have it done.

Issues with Your Brakes

There are a number of reasons your brakes might be what’s behind drifting and pulling. Calipers are the parts of your brakes that push on the brake pads when you step on the pedal to slow or stop the car. Calipers are known to get stuck from time to time. When this happens, it can cause the vehicle to pull to one side because there is uneven pressure being applied to your brakes.

Another way your brakes could be involved in this sort of behavior is through the hose that supplies fluid to your brakes. When these hoses get clogged, the uneven fluid distribution to your tires can make your car favor one side over the other.

Is Your Car Drifting or Pulling?

If you live or work in Gulfport, Long Beach, or Biloxi and you’re currently experiencing drifting or pulling, or you’re thinking it’s time to have an alignment or any other automotive service performed, contact us here at Pat Peck Honda to schedule an appointment.