Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment

November 19th, 2018 by

Wheel AlignmentYour vehicle’s wheels are arguably some of the most important parts. That’s why it’s imperative that you keep up with regular automotive tire care. Two routine tire services are wheel alignment and balancing. But are these the same service? Wheel balancing and wheel alignment are actually two different services, so it’s important to understand the differences before scheduling an appointment at your local Houston service center.

What is Wheel Balancing Service?

Wheel balancing is a service that should be done regularly because wheels lose their balance over time. When your wheels are unbalanced, it can cause the steering wheel to shake or vibrate, making for an unpleasant drive around Katy. Unbalanced tires develop varying tire wear because one part of the tire is heavier than the others.

Having your wheels balanced ensures your vehicle provides a smooth ride. It minimizes tire bouncing, improves traction and control, and extends the life of your tires. It’s recommended that you have your wheels balanced when you get your tires rotated, which you should have done every 5,000 to 6,0000 miles or every 6 months.

What is Wheel Alignment Service?

Wheel alignment should be done as needed, but doesn’t need to be part of your routine maintenance. When you have your wheels aligned, which is sometimes referred to as a front end alignment, the service technician will make sure that the tires are perpendicular to the road and parallel to each other.

Wheels that are out of alignment can result of excessive, uneven tread, unnecessary wear and tear on your tires, and steering issues, so it’s important to have your wheel alignment checked once you realize the problem. This can also cause vehicle pulling, which can lead to drifting into the next lane as you’re driving through Spring.

Wheel Balancing
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Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment: Which do You Need?

Now that you know the differences between these two tire services, you will have a better idea of which you need. Car pulling to one side in Sugarland? Schedule a wheel alignment. Vibrating steering wheel? Get your wheels balanced. Contact us to learn even more about these services.

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