You drive your car everyday so you know how it is supposed to feel. Although there is nothing drastically wrong with the vehicle, such as an overheated engine, its drivability may be deteriorating. Several problems can arise with your car to make it feel rough or loose during handling.
1. A Jittery Feel
An idling car typically runs at 1,000 RPM and has a smooth hum as you sit at a stop signal, for example. If you have a rough and jittery idle, your spark plugs may be misfiring. Spark plugs provide the ignition for engine combustion. A gap between electrodes creates the sparking area on the plug. Over time, the electrodes break down, creating poor sparking. Take a look at your spark plugs and check their gap with a gap gauge. If there is too much room between the electrodes, replace the plug.
2. Handling Seems To Wander
If you let go of your steering wheel on a straight and flat road, for example, the wheels should remain straight and continue on the same path. Wheels and axles must be aligned correctly for this straight pattern. Your car may feel like it is wandering within its lane if alignment is off. Repair shops perform alignments using computers. Once properly set, your car feels tight and straight on the road.
3. Poor Acceleration
Although several issues can cause poor acceleration, one main problem is air blockage through the engine. A dirty air filter hinders air flow, as well as a filthy Mass Air Flow sensor. Evaluate both parts to see if you need to clean or replace either component.
4. Uneven Tire Wear
Tires usually wear evenly over time because the tread strikes the ground correctly. If your axles are not set at the correct camber, or angle, only part of the tread touches the ground. Half of the tire may appear new while the other half is worn. You end up purchasing new tires more often than you should. Get good tires in the first place from a reputable dealer such as simpletire.com. Ask your mechanic to adjust the camber for improved tire life.
5. Brake Pedal Slow To Respond
If you have to press deeply on your brake pedal for the car to respond, your pads or fluid need attention. Inspect your fluid and make sure it is between the maximum and minimum level indicators. Take a look at the brake pads’ depth. Your car could simply need a brake job to make the pedal work more efficiently.