Differences Between Wheel Alignment and Front End Alignment

06 May Differences Between Wheel Alignment and Front End Alignment

Most folks understand the importance of regular maintenance: routine oil changes and tire pressure checks, balance, and rotation. It’s common for the word alignment to be grouped into the maintenance category, but did you know there are two types? There’s front end alignment, which is alignment of the front two wheels, and wheel alignment refers to all four. Over time the wheels will fall out of alignment and you will likely need your professional mechanic at Willard’s Garage to get them realigned. Here’s a few reasons why alignment is important.

There are numerous reasons for the wheels to fall out of alignment. Usually there’s no one particular cause, and alignment issues can be blamed on prolonged use. But even one time too fast down a washboard road, or striking a pothole or divot in the roadway can cause the wheels to fall out of alignment.

The longer wheel alignment issues are left untreated, the more severe the damage, and the greater the chance for damage to other components. When you bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance, your mechanic at Willard’s garage will be able to determine if your vehicle’s wheels are aligned; there is no warning light on your dash to alert for misaligned wheels. It’s a good idea to plan to have your vehicle’s alignment checked every 2-3 years, unless you drive routinely on rough roads, or have recently been involved in a collision.

When your vehicle’s wheels are properly aligned, the tires will last longer. Your mileage will average greater and the ride will feel smoother. And, perhaps most importantly, your vehicle will handle the roadway safely.

If you are ready to schedule your next routine service, or if you have any questions about wheel alignment or how your mechanic at Willard’s Garage can help, then call today.

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