Car Pull Heavily to One Side While Driving

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Car Pull Heavily to One Side While Driving

Car Pulls to One Side
Car Pulls to One Side
The car pulls heavily to one side while driving, either the car pulls to the left or pulls to the right.

Car problem diagnosis:
When a car pulls heavily to either left or right while you are driving, is an indication of three possible problems, a mismatch front tire pressure, an out of alignment wheels or a dragging front brake.

Start the diagnosis by checking the tire pressure on both the front tire, get a tire pressure gauge like the TACKLIFE TG01 Digital Tire Pressure Gauge 150 PSI 4 Settings with Backlight LCD Display and Non-Slip Grip Tire Gauge for Cars and Motorcycles and check the tire pressure, the tire pressure must be the same as the recommended inflation pressure by the car manufacturer. The recommended inflation pressure can be found on the car owners manual or the sticker adhere on the driver side door. The inflation pressure of both the front tire must be the same, if not then this causes car pulling.

Car Pull Heavily to One Side While Driving
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If the inflation pressure is the same, the next is to check, if one of your car front brakes is dragging.

Drive the car for a minimum period of 15 minutes park the car. Get out the car and touched the hub of each front wheel, Observe if one hub is hotter than the other, if so then the one with the hotter wheel is the one with dragging brake thus causing the car to pull heavily on one side. However, if there is no difference in temperature between the left and right hub wheel then the only remaining possible reason for car pulling is an out of alignment wheel.

Wheel alignment has to do with how straight is the wheel relative to the car frame, if the wheel is out of alignment this can cause the car to pull heavily on either left or right.

Possible cause:
Uneven front tire inflation pressure, front brake dragging, or out of alignment front wheel

What to do?
If the problem is uneven tire pressure on the front, just make sure that the front has the same inflation pressure equal to that of the recommended inflation pressure by the car manufacturer.

If the problem is the dragging front brake, bring your car to a reputable auto repair shop and ask the mechanic to inspect the front brake where the dragging occurs and repair if necessary. Sometimes the cause of brake dragging is just a corroded support bracket and can easily be fixed by just cleaning the support bracket with a wire brush then coat it with a recommended lubricant.

If the problem is an out of alignment front wheel, likewise bring the car to a reputable auto repair shop for alignment to fix the problem and avoid a much worst uneven tire wear.

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