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Reasons Why Your Car Lean To One Side



car lean one side

It is aesthetically an eyesore to look at a car and it’s leaning to one side. Automobile engineers design and build vehicles to be balanced.

When this balance is compromised by one thing or the other, the aesthetics and performance of the car is somewhat compromised.
Your car should be balanced when it is in motion and when parked. There are car parts that are in your car to ensure that this is so.
Whenever your car leans, it’s an indication that there is a problem somewhere.

The chassis, suspension, shock absorber and wheel are what determine how balanced a car can be. The chassis is the mainframe of every car upon which other parts are built.

Here are the reasons why your car leans

1. Inconsistent tyre sizes:

When the four tyres of your car vary in sizes, there is every possibility that your car will lean. This is just like a lady wearing a flat shoe on one leg and heel on the other. She will never have balance in walking. Same goes to your car; inconsistent tyre sizes will make your car lean.
When one of your tyres is more inflated than the other, it’s bound to lean especially if one is deflated.

2. Twisted chassis or bent suspension:

As stated earlier, the nature of your chassis really matters. If the chassis or suspension is bent or twisted, your car will lean to one side.

lean bent chassis

3. Bad strut, spring and shock absorber:

When one of these gets bad or all of them get stuck, there is every tendency that the car will lean to one side. The will make the car to lose balance when moving and when parked.

5 Symptoms Of A Bad Or Failing Shock Absorber

lean stuck strut


Emeka is a Contributor at Autojosh. A graduate of Electrical/Electronic Engineering with a B.Eng degree. Emeka is a car enthusiast who is interested in traveling, writing, movies and driving. He also loves drinking garri with cold water.



  1. Stacie S. Minor

    July 29, 2018 at 10:54

    Hey, I think this is awesome and informative advice. I don’t know why a car leans to one side. Every car owner much knows why the car leans to one side. I hope this topic so important. I think your post will be really helpful for all the car owner, who are don’t know why the car leans to one side. It is great that you show 3 important ideas. Keep up the useful article.

    • Nwogbunyama Emeka

      July 29, 2018 at 12:07

      Thanks. Will surely keep it up.
      Stick around for more.

      • Stacie S. Minor

        July 29, 2018 at 13:57

        Thank you very much for you reply.

        • Nwogbunyama Emeka

          July 30, 2018 at 08:59

          You’re welcome

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