Wheel Alignment Vs. Tire Rotations

October 30, 2020 1:37 pm Published by

As winter weather starts to settle in and the roads start to get more and more treacherous, you need to do your part to get ahead of these potential hazards before you find yourself in an unnecessary accident. One of the best ways to keep you, your family, and your vehicle safe is to take proper care of your tires. With just a few hours on your hands and the right equipment, you can easily change out your tires, repair problem spots, rotate your tires, and even align your tires. These simple projects can easily save you thousands of dollars over the lifespan of your vehicle as you can almost double your tires’ lifespan simply by taking proper care of them. You can easily get all the parts you need for these projects and much more at your local U Pull And Pay. Our friendly and helpful staff will make sure that you get the perfect parts for the job at the lowest prices in town. Here are a few tips to help you make sure that you make the most of your tires.

How to Rotate Your Tires

Rotating your tires is a very basic concept. Essentially, you are taking the tires that were once in one position and switching to a new position to allow for more even wear without having to do too much work. There are three main types of patterns for tire rotations. A rearward cross pattern is where you take your right front tire and affix it to the back left position, your front left tire and affix it to the back right position, and you move both rear tires directly to the front. An X-pattern is where you essentially cross your tires, switching your front left with your back right tire and your front right with your back left tire. The third pattern is a forward cross where you take the rear right tire and affix it in the front left position, the rear left tire and affix it to the front right position, and then just move the two front tires directly back. Each one of these patterns is used for different vehicle types, so make sure that you take the time to read your owners’ manual to ensure that you are utilizing the proper pattern to ensure that your tires wear down evenly.

Wheel Alignment

A wheel alignment is more of an in-depth process, so we would only recommend this process to moderate to advanced DIY mechanics. Part of the reason this process is so daunting is that you will need a few different specialized tools to ensure that your wheels are properly aligned. You will first need to check the camber of your tire to see if it is leaning inwards or outwards. If your wheel is pointing inwards, you need to tighten your tire rods, and if your wheel is pointing outwards, you will need to loosen your tire rods. Once your tires are completely straight, you are good to lower your vehicle and hit the road.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can tackle these projects and any other DIY projects you may have, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our friendly team of DIY experts will help you get all the parts you need to tackle these projects and much more for a price that you will love.




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This post was written by Jonathan Kling