Tire Rotation vs. Wheel Alignment

If you own a car, you need to take care of it. This means making sure that you rotate your tires and align your wheels properly. Many people believe that these two tasks are the same things; however, that is not necessarily the case. While you should get both tasks completed at least once per year, and they do go together, you need to understand the differences between them, so you know how to take care of your car. At C&S Subaru, it would be our pleasure to help you. Learn more about these two tasks below, and reach out to us to schedule an appointment with our service center.

What is a Tire Rotation?

A tire rotation should take place once per year or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes first. When you drive down the road, the tires at the front of your car do not wear at the same rate as the tires at the back your car. If your car is a four-wheel-drive vehicle, you might not need to rotate your tires as often, but we can help you figure out if that is the case.

If your tires do not wear evenly, two of your tires might wear out before the others. This means that your treads are not even, which can make it hard for you to drive your car straight. Furthermore, it can lead to added expenses, as you will need to replace your tires sooner.

If you rotate your tires once per year, they will last longer. You will not have to replace your tires as quickly, you should get better gas mileage, and the handling of your vehicle will improve, which will make it much safer to drive.

What Is a Wheel Alignment?

You also need to align your wheels. This should be done once per year. When your steering column is straight, your wheels should be pointed straight as well. If some of your wheels are not straight, this means that your wheels are not aligned. You might notice that your car is pulling to the left or the right. In addition, if your wheels are not aligned, then your tires will not wear the same because more pressure might be applied to two of your tires than the others. 

C & S Subaru

812 Washington St
Directions Waterloo, IA 50702

  • Sales: 319-284-8146
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  • Monday 08:30am - 07:00pm
  • Tuesday 08:30am - 07:00pm
  • Wednesday 08:30am - 07:00pm
  • Thursday 08:30am - 07:00pm
  • Friday 08:30am - 06:00pm
  • Saturday 08:30am - 06:00pm
  • Sunday Closed

We can perform a wheel alignment when we rotate your tires; however, a wheel alignment is not the same as a tire rotation. We will measure the exact degree of alignment for each of your wheels, making sure that they are even. If you have questions about why a wheel alignment is so important, we can help you with that.

Why Work With C&S Subaru?

At C&S Subaru, we know that there are many options in the area, and we would be honored to work with you. There are a few reasons why you need to work with C&S Subaru. Some of the most important reasons why you should work with us include:

  • We will always give you a free estimate before we get started. That way, you know exactly how much every maintenance task will cost.
  • We use the best products and equipment in the industry to ensure we give you the service you deserve.
  • We will always answer any questions you might have before we get started. We will keep you updated every step of the way.

If you want to work with the fastest and most experienced team in the industry, then work with the team from C&S Subaru. We are always available to help you with your maintenance needs.

Call C&S Subaru Today To Make an Appointment With Our Team

At C&S Subaru, we are here to take care of your car. If you don't rotate your tires and align your wheels, you might have a hard time driving your car. It would be our pleasure to help you rotate your tires and align your wheels. That way, your car runs as well as possible. If you would like to learn more about these two tasks, contact us today to schedule an appointment with our service center. Feel free to reach out to us to talk to our mechanics as well.


  1. C & S Subaru

    812 Washington St
    Waterloo, IA 50702

    • Sales: 319-284-8146
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  • Monday08:30am - 07:00pm
  • Tuesday08:30am - 07:00pm
  • Wednesday08:30am - 07:00pm
  • Thursday08:30am - 07:00pm
  • Friday08:30am - 06:00pm
  • Saturday08:30am - 06:00pm
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