A crucial component of safe driving is tire safety. You may want to arrange a tire service to check that everything is well if you experience jiggling while driving, especially after hitting a sizable pothole.
Our mechanics typically ask you if you want a tire rotation or wheel alignment whenever you come in for tire service. Additionally, you can become perplexed if you are unfamiliar with the vocabulary used in automotive repair. Read on to learn more about the distinction between tire rotation and wheel alignment to help make things more clear and make sure you get the proper tire service.
Why Rotate Your Tires (Tire/Wheel Balancing)?
When you are driving, your car may need a tire rotation if it seems to sway from side to side. Tire rotation, often known as tire or wheel balance, entails shifting tires from one position or side to another to guarantee even wear.
Tires on your car typically deteriorate as you drive because they are the point of contact with the road. Because there are differences in each tire’s level of friction, tires typically wear unevenly. For instance, front-wheel drive cars often wear their front tires more than their rear tires, but rear-wheel drive cars wear their rear tires more than their front tires. Unequal tire wear can also be caused by uneven weight distribution.
Regular tire rotation is necessary to guarantee even wear.
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Wheel Alignment: What Is It?
You may require wheel alignment services to fix your car if it consistently drifts to one side while you are driving straight. The act of straightening your car’s front tires to make sure they perfectly line up with the back tires and steering can be referred to as wheel alignment. Your automobile may experience wheel alignment problems if it runs over a large pothole while you’re traveling. Unaligned wheels can cause uneven tire wear, tire movement, and performance and steering problems if they are not fixed immediately.
After the problem is discovered, wheel alignments should be performed as quickly as feasible.
Rotating your tires can reduce tire wear and improve fuel efficiency, but if your wheels are out of alignment, you should correct them right away since, if left neglected, they can seriously harm your car.