If you are unsure of the difference between needing a wheel alignment or a tire rotation, we’re here to help!
Your vehicle’s suspension system serves a dual purpose – contributing to the vehicle’s handling and braking. Proper alignment will extend – not only tire life, but the life of your vehicle’s steering and suspension systems too.
Allow us to further explain…
The Difference Between Needing a Wheel Alignment or a Tire Rotation
Getting a wheel alignment and needing a tire rotation are two distinctly different maintenance requirements that serve different purposes:
A wheel alignment refers to the adjustment of the angles of the wheels relative to each other, and are often recommended when issues arise such as:
- Noticing uneven or abnormal tire wear
- Recognizing your vehicle pulling to one side while driving on a straight road
- Off-center steering wheel
- Steering wheel vibrations when driving
A tire rotation involves moving the tires from one position on the vehicle to another every 8000-10,000km. And the purpose of a tire rotation is to promote even wear among all the tires. The standard tire rotation patterns involve moving the tires in specific ways, such as moving the front tires to the rear and vice versa or crossing the tires diagonally, keeping the wear even throughout the lifespan of your tires.
Overall, a wheel alignment focuses on adjusting the angles of the wheels to optimize vehicle handling and tire wear, while tire rotation involves moving the tires to promote even wear and extend their overall lifespan. At Hudson Auto – we can help with both!
Wheel Alignment and Tire Rotation Service in Langley
As mentioned on our Car & Truck Wheel Alignment & Suspension Services page…
Proper alignment geometry will extend not only tire life but also the life of your vehicle’s steering and suspension systems. Alignment problems even affect fuel economy, which we can help address.
As for a tire rotation, we can offer you this during a routine oil change as an added service as needed.
Unsure which you may need? Stop by our auto repair shop in Langley today for a FREE 15 minute inspection, and allow us to help you ensure the safety of your vehicle for all your adventures ahead!