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Breaking down the Difference Between Front-End Alignment and Four-Wheel Alignment

Posted at Fri, Oct 9, 2020 9:00 AM

If you are driving down the road and it feels like your car is drifting one way or another, it may be an indicator that your vehicle is in need of a wheel alignment. Leaving this issue unfixed for too long can lead to further issues with the life of your tires, as well as comfort and your safety, so it is a good idea to book your car in for a wheel alignment as soon as you can.

There are two types of wheel alignments – two-wheel and four-wheel, and these depend on the type of vehicle you are driving. Even if you are not performing the alignment yourself, it is a good idea to be aware of the differences between the two – and to help you with, that our Westbury Toyota alignment experts have written a short explanation.

What is a Front-End Alignment?

A front-end alignment is pretty self-explanatory, and can also be called a two-wheel alignment. When your car undergoes his procedure in our service department, the technician will only align the front tires. This can include toe, caster, and camber adjustments in order to ensure that everything keeps running smoothly when you get back on the roads of Long Island. During a front-end alignment, the technician may also perform a thrust angle adjustment, which means that all four wheels will be set square with each other.

When a front-end alignment is done on a vehicle with a solid rear axle, such as a sport utility vehicle (SUV) or a big truck, the technician will usually put the alignment heads on the rear wheels, as this will align the front wheels with the back in order to improve overall handling.

What is a Four-Wheel Alignment?

A four-wheel alignment is also pretty straightforward and involves an adjustment of all four of the vehicle’s wheels. Four-wheel alignments are usually required by vehicles that have all-wheel drive as they have independent suspensions. A four-wheel alignment generally includes a toe and caster adjustment for the front and a toe and camber adjustment for the rear.

How Can You Tell If an Alignment Is Needed?

In addition to pulling in one direction or the other, there are other signs that your car, truck, or SUV may need an alignment: A vibrating steering wheel, difficult handling, rapid and/or uneven wear on the tires, noisy steering, and squealing tires are a few of the main ones. If you are experiencing any of these during your daily commute, be sure to book your vehicle with our team of experts to get the problem addressed.

The Benefits of Having an Alignment Done

Regardless of what type of alignment your vehicle requires, there are benefits to having it done at Westbury Toyota whenever it is required, including:

  • Longer tire life
  • Improved, safer handling
  • Your wheels point straight, which mean you do not need to continuously correct course while driving
  • Smoother driving
  • Less energy required to drive, which equates to savings at the fuel pump

As you can see, it is imperative that you have an alignment done as soon as your car or truck starts showing indicators that one is needed.

Look After Your Tires

If you’re a Long Island Toyota driver and you have been experiencing one or more signs that a wheel alignment is needed, be sure to bring it to Westbury Toyota. Our technicians have all the experience and knowledge required to perform either a front-end alignment or a four-wheel alignment in the correct and expedient fashion. It is our goal to get you back out onto the streets with your Toyota aligned properly so you can get back to enjoying smooth, safe driving.

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