What does it mean if my Mercedes-Benz vehicle pulls to one side while driving?

By Product Expert | Posted in Mercedes-Benz Metris, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Service & Parts, Tips & Tricks on Thursday, November 14th, 2019 at 2:26 pm
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Mercedes-Benz van maintenance issues and wheel alignments 

Do you know what it means if your Mercedes-Benz vehicle pulls to one side while driving? There are a few answers to this question, but we will give you a summary of all the reasons that your vehicle may be pulling to one side. If you are ever unable to diagnose a cause, then you can come into Mercedes-Benz Arrowhead Sprinter to get your vehicle checked out. Schedule a maintenance appointment online with our service department and we will give your vehicle a quick checkup. Keep reading to learn about possible diagnoses. 

Pay attention to the roads that you are on 

The first thing you can do to diagnose the issue is pay attention to the roads that you are driving on. Does your vehicle always pull to one side? If so, are you driving on a variety of roads, or just taking the same routine routes to and from work? The issue is that many roads are slightly curved and just as a ball will roll down a curved surface, your vehicle will drift towards the lowest point on the road. For many roads, the lowest point is the shoulder of the road, and you may feel as though your vehicle always pulls off to the right as if it wants to leave the road. The reason that roads are shaped like this varies, but usually, water drainage is the main reason that roads are curved. 

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Does my Mercedes-Benz van need a wheel alignment? 

In some cases, the problem may run deeper than the road you drive on. Sometimes, there may be an actual issue with your vehicle’s wheel alignment. Wheel alignment issues can naturally occur in any vehicle and sometimes people will drive with a wheel alignment issue for many miles without realizing it. The best practice is to bring it in and get it checked out and get a wheel alignment if needed. If your vehicle is consistently pulling to one side, that is an indicator of this possible issue. 

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