If you've owned a vehicle for any amount of time, you've probably come across tire rotations and wheel alignments. Both are important parts of vehicle maintenance, but, contrary to some beliefs, they are not the same thing.

What's The Difference Between A Tire Rotation And A Wheel Alignment?

Tire Rotation

A tire rotation is a routine maintenance item that should be performed at every oil change, especially if you use the same set of all-season tires. Tire rotations are a simple repair that switches (or rotates) the tires on your vehicle to different positions. All four tires on your vehicle wear at different rates, depending on how you drive, and will cause uneven weight distribution and faster wear if left unchanged. Performing a tire rotation often will help to lengthen your tires' life and give you a better overall drive.

Wheel Alignment

A wheel alignment is required only when your wheels aren't lining up properly with the steering wheel. This may occur if you hit something to knock the alignment out of place - think big pothole, curb, another vehicle, etc. If you notice that your car tends to drift left or right when you're driving in a straight line, then most likely, you'll need to have your wheels aligned. If you don't keep your wheels aligned, it will lead to serious damage to your vehicle over time.

Schedule An Appointment At Our Empire Pre-Owned Service Center

If you need either a tire rotation or a wheel alignment, don't hesitate to use our online service scheduling tool to schedule an appointment right away. Our team of technicians are here to help and will have you back out on the road to Providence, RI, Swansea, MA, or beyond in no time.

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