A tire or wheel alignment is the adjustment of your Honda’s suspension to allow your tires to operate optimally, as they’re designed to. Mechanics at your dealership can align your car properly to ensure that the tires are hitting the road at the proper angles, and the entire car is balanced. Once aligned your car will handle and drive as it should. 

If you suspect your car is misaligned, all you have to do is take it to the dealership where they can get technical and check your wheels’ camber, caster and toe for misalignment. Typically you’ll have your tires balanced at the same time the suspension is aligned for the best drive possible. 

However, in order to get your car aligned, it’s important to know the signs that something might be wrong so you can bring your car into the dealer and have everything straightened out. Check for these signs that your Honda needs an alignment.  

1. Your Honda Started Pulling
If you start feeling your car pull in a certain direction while you’re driving straight, this is a telltale sign of a misalignment. Although it is likely drivable, you should bring your car to the dealership for a new alignment. 
One way to tell is your car is pulling is if when you’re going straight the Honda emblem on the steering wheel isn’t centered. Similarly, if you try to coast with your steering wheel straight, and the car bears one direction or the other, your car may need a new alignment. Pulling can occur to the right or left - both are warning signs. 

2. Your Steering Wheel Vibrates
If your steering wheel starts vibrating when you’re driving, there’s a good chance your tires are hitting the road in the right positions. Sometimes this vibration will only occur at a certain speed, while other times it’s more constant. Either way, vibration is the sign of a misalignment or more serious car problems. 

3. There’s Uneven Tread on your Tires
Take the time to examine your tires from time to time. If you notice that there’s serious wear on some areas of your tire but not others, this means your wheels aren’t hitting the road where they should be. Uneven tread wear is often a sign of wheel misalignment. 

4. Poor Steering and Turning
If your car is simply not steering wheel or seems unresponsive, the issue may be the Honda’s alignment. Similarly, if you notice the car is slow to return to center after a turn, it may be the wheels. These warning signs may point to other troubles as well, so be sure to bring it in when you notice the issue. So-called “crab walking,” where the car moves slightly to the side when the wheels are straight can also signal the need for a new alignment. 

5. It’s Been 6,000 Miles Since Your Last Alignment
Your tires should be balanced and aligned about every 5,000 to 6,000 miles. If it’s been more than this benchmark and you start noticing pulling or vibrating, you shouldn’t be surprised. Bring your Honda to the dealership for an alignment at least every 6,000 miles. Try coupling it to your oil changes so you don’t forget.
Talk to Friendly Honda about any other alignment issues or questions you have.
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