Are you facing some steering or handling problem in your car? Or, a persisting wheel balancing concern even after proper wheel alignment? Moreover, you may also feel like the vehicle getting pulled on either side. This could possibly be a tyre pull issue which is not easy to diagnose.
What Is A Tyre Pull Issue?
Getting your vehicle pulled to one side is not only annoying but highly dangerous too. It is really intolerable to maintain constant pressure on the steering wheel to keep the car on the right track, which may distract your attention from the road. A tyre pull is triggered due to curing of the tyre into a cone-shaped instead of the desirable cylinder shape. Furthermore, it can also be caused by the reaction of unequal internal forces, which are caused due to misalignment of internal components. Some other issues causing tyre pull can be uneven tyre pressure, brake issues (including collapsed brake hose, un-lubricated slide pins or stuck calibre), poor wheel bearing, worn steering linkage, damaged / worn suspension components etc.
What Causes Tyre Pull?
The internal components of a tyre consist of rubber, steel wire and fabric cord, which are moulded under intense heat and pressure into the shape of the tyre. Improper moulding causes the tyre to form improper cylindrical shape resulting in tyre pull. A tyre undergoes the conic change either because of the first time rotation of new tyres or, majorly because of the manufacturing error. Sometimes the reason for a tyre pull is due to rough driving conditions or rash driving habits. Vehicle wheel misalignment causes the tyre tread to wear out faster and also causes deformation of the internal components to take a conical shape instead of a perfect cylindrical round shape.
How To Get Rid Of Tyre Pull Issue?
It is ideal to contact a professional mechanic to determine the cause and source of the tyre pull problem. The scope and necessary repairs could be easily done. Other than this, you can also consider below steps to eliminate the pull issue and identify which tyre is causing the problem.
• Rotate the front two tyres from side to side. If the vehicle pulls in the same direction, the problem is either related to rear tyre set or maybe not a tyre pull issue. While if the vehicle pulls in the opposite direction then, for sure the problem lies in the front tyres.
• Rotate the front tyre on the side of the vehicle which faces the direction of pull. If the pull does not change, the defect is isolated to the front tyre. Moreover, if the pull reduces significantly, the tyre moved to the direction of pull is certainly defective.
• Rotate the two rear tyres from side to side. If you notice the vehicle pull in the opposite direction then, probably the rear tyres are responsible. Whereas, if the pulling tyre remains the same, the problem is not due to tyre pull. There is a possibility of misalignment or suspension wear.
• Rotate the rest tyre on the side of the car which faces the pull to the front direction. If the vehicle pull still remains significant with no change then the defect is located in the tyre which was not rotated. While if the vehicle pull becomes much more significant than the defective tyre is certainly the one that was rotated to the front of the car.
Though by following these steps you can get across the faulty tyre and get it replaced, however, if you still face the problem, it is highly recommended to seek professional help.