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What’s the Difference Between a Tire Rotation and a Wheel Alignment?

Last week we talked about tire rotations, and what the purpose of a tire rotation is. You can read the blog here, but in brief, a tire rotation is the act of physically removing all four tires and rotating them one spot counterclockwise on the vehicle to ensure that they wear evenly.


In a wheel alignment, the tires stay where they are. The procedure involves adjusting the angle at which the wheel sits in order to line it up in with the steering. There are three main types of angles that are adjusted during a wheel alignment, which are the camber, caster, and toe. “Camber refers to the angle of the tire that either leans in toward the car or away from it. Caster is the angle on which the wheels pivot when turning. Toe refers to the angle of the front side of the tire as it relates to the back side.”


Wheel alignments don’t need to be done unless the car is pulling to one direction or the other, which means that the wheels are out of alignment. Tire rotations on the other hand do need to be done regularly in order to ensure equal tire wear. Uneven tire wear can actually cause the wheels to go out of alignment, so it’s a good idea to rotate your tires around every 6,000 miles. Driving on unaligned wheels for too long can damage the vehicle, so if you feel your car pulling to the right or left, it’s a good idea to bring it in for a wheel alignment.


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