When to Get a Two-Wheel Alignment vs. Four-Wheel Alignment

You cannot skip wheel alignments as it is an essential part of regular maintenance. When discussing the topic of wheel alignment, it refers to the adjustment of the angles of your wheels to ensure they are perpendicular to the road and parallel to each other. Proper wheel alignment improves handling, increases fuel efficiency, and extends the life of your tires.

When it comes to wheel alignment, there are two types: two-wheel alignment and four-wheel alignment. 

Two-Wheel Alignment

As the name suggests, two-wheel alignment only addresses the front wheels of your car. The technician adjusts the camber, caster, and toe-in on the front wheels. This type of alignment is typically recommended for vehicles with a solid rear axle that cannot be adjusted.

Four-Wheel Alignment

Four-wheel alignment, also known as all-wheel alignment, involves adjusting all four wheels of your car. In addition to the camber, caster, and toe-in on the front wheels, the technician also adjusts the camber and toe-in on the rear wheels. 4-wheel alignment is generally recommended for most vehicles, particularly those with independent rear suspension, as it ensures all four wheels are properly aligned.

So, when should you opt for a two-wheel alignment vs. a four-wheel alignment? Here are some factors to consider:

  • If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, a two-wheel alignment may be sufficient since the rear wheels have limited adjustment options.
  • If your car is pulling to one side, a four-wheel alignment is recommended to ensure all four wheels are properly aligned for optimal safety.
  • If you have recently replaced any suspension or steering components, a four-wheel alignment is advised to ensure everything is aligned properly.
  • If you have hit a curb or pothole hard, a four-wheel alignment is the best option to check for any damage to your suspension and steering components and to ensure your wheels are properly aligned.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to get a two-wheel or four-wheel alignment will depend on the specific needs of your vehicle. It's always wise to consult with a trusted auto repair shop to determine which type of alignment is right for you.
At Richman Automotive & Towing, we have experienced technicians who can perform both two-wheel and four-wheel alignments, and we can help you decide which one is best for your car. Please give us a call or visit today to schedule an appointment!

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