What is a Tire Rotation?Wheel Alignment?Wheel Balancing?

im not to car savy.....and when are you suppose to get each checked.ANY input truly appreciated.thanks!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Tire Rotation

    Since each tire supports a different amount of weight, tires wear at different rates. Rotating your tires at recommended intervals extends their useful life and achieves more uniform tire wear.

    It’s important to rotate your tires according to the correct tire rotation pattern. Front tires encounter different tasks than the rear tires. And a front-wheel-drive car’s tires perform different tasks than those on a rear-wheel-drive car. Your owner’s manual specifies which rotation pattern is right for your vehicle.

    Your vehicle’s front and rear tires may also use different pressures-make sure to adjust individual tire pressure to the recommendation for each wheel position. See your Owner’s Manual for recommendations

    Also, remember that rotating your tires won’t correct wear problems caused by worn mechanical parts or incorrect inflation pressures.

    Wheel Alignment & Tire Balance

    Scheduled alignment and balancing are not needed, since your vehicle’s wheels were aligned and balanced at the factory. But if you notice unusual tire wear or that your vehicle “pulls” one way or the other, the wheel alignment may need to be reset. If you notice your vehicle vibrating on a smooth road, your wheels may be out of balance.

    A tire that is out of balance often affects ride quality and can shorten the life of tires, bearings, shocks, and other suspension components. A speed-dependent vibration—becoming noticeable around 45 mph and increasing as speed increases—is probably balance-related.

    Tire Alignment

    Alignment is critical for ensuring that you get maximum wear and performance from your tires. Poor alignment results from your car’s suspension and steering system becoming out of adjustment with each other. The biggest indicators of your vehicle being out of alignment are a “pulling” one way or the other as you drive or unusual tire wear. Improper tire inflation can also cause unusual tire wear.

  • 1 decade ago

    Ok, listen. Rotating your tires is when you switch the back tires with the front ones. Front tires often carry more weight, do more of the braking, and do more work because they do the steering, so they wear faster. The back tires pretty much just follow along and keep the bumper off the ground. Switching the fronts with the rears evens out the wear, so your tires last longer. Twice a year is good. Alignment is making sure all four wheels are pointing the right direction. Preferrably straight. If they don't, your car can pull to one side or the other, and your tires can wear unevenly. You only need an alignment if you replace suspension parts like struts, springs, or other parts, or get in a wreck that bends suspension components or the car's frame. Older cars start to sag as springs and other parts wear out, so they get out of whack as well. A lot of cars require a four-wheel alignment. Wheel balancing is making sure the actual rim/tire assembly is as perfectly balanced as possible. Tires may look perfect from the outside, but they may be heavier on one side, or not perfectly round. This makes them vibrate at higher speeds, like your washing machine does when all the clothes are stuck on one side. The wheel is put on a machine that spins the wheel and tells the operator where to put weight on the rim. Clip-on or stick-on lead weights are used to offset the heavy spots on the tire. As you drive your car, the tires wear down, and the balance can change. Getting them balanced once a year is not a bad idea. In fact, you may be able to find someplace that will rotate and balance them at the same time. By the way, don't let these nimrods tell you that crossing tires over from left to right is how you rotate tires. That is so stone-age, from the days before radial tires. The correct way is to move the front left to the rear left, and front right to rear right. In fact, many tires are directional, meaning they have arrows stamped on them to make sure you put them on the car the right direction. Rotating from left to right reverses the direction of rotation. Don't do it. Promise? Good.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    tire rotation is moving your tires to a different axle- be sure to check your book in the glove box for the proper procedure.wheel alignment checks the position of the tires going down the road making sure all 4 are going exactly straight thus eliminating tire wear, poor fuel economy, and making sure the steering wheel stays straight ahead, and not pulling to one side or the other. wheel balancing ensures that the tires are not heavier on one side verses the other. good luck

  • 1 decade ago

    tire rotation is moving the tires in front to the back.

    Wheel Alignment is the angle that the tire sits on the road. in other words if the tires inside half is the part touching the road that area of the tire will wear out quicker than the rest of the tire

    Wheel balacing is basically putting weights on the rim based on how the tire sits on the rim. It makes the tires feel perfectly round and ride smooth even if it is not perfecly round which it usually isnt

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    wheel balancing are those little lead weights you see on your tire rims put in specific spots to balance each tire so they spin evenly without vibration. wheel alignment is the adjusting of your front suspension (castor and camber) tow in and tow out so your front tires are aligned properly so the tires will wear evenly and the vehicle will drive straight with out pulling left or right while driving. tire rotation is simply swapping tires on the vehicle from left front to left rear and left rear to right front and so on to create even and equal wear on all four tires.

  • 1 decade ago

    do all those thing every 6 month to a year your car will run smoothly on the road.

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