Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment

mechanic performs wheel alignment

It’s no secret that wheels are incredibly important parts of your vehicle, which is why its important to keep them in top condition. This includes keeping up with both wheel balancing and wheel alignment. However, not all drivers realize that wheel alignment and balancing are actually two separate services! The Don Franklin Auto service professionals are here to walk you through each of these important repairs!

What is Wheel Balancing Service?

Wheel balancing should be scheduled regularly so that your wheels don’t lose their balance as you drive it over time. Unbalanced wheels can make your steering wheel shake or vibrate, which makes for quite an uncomfortable drive. When your wheels are unbalanced, tires also begin wearing unevenly, which can cause further issues.

One benefit of balancing your wheels is that it provides a much smoother ride. You can expect less tire bouncing, better traction, and a longer life for your tires. In general, you should expect to balance your wheels whenever you get your tires rotated, meaning you should get this service done every 5,000 to 5,000 miles (or every 6 months).

What is Wheel Alignment Service?

Unlike wheel balancing service, wheel alignment service doesn’t need to be included as a part of routine maintenance; this is more of an as-needed service. When you get your wheels aligned, the service technician will check that your tires are perpendicular to the road as well as parallel to each other.

When your wheels are out of alignment, further issues can persist. Issues can include uneven tread, unnecessary wear and tear on your tires, and steering issues. This is why it’s crucial to get wheel your wheel alignment checked when you notice any problems. Larger issues like vehicle pulling can also happen — this means drifting into the next lane.

Which Service Do I Need: Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment

Now that you know the differences between wheel balancing vs. wheel alignment, you should have a better idea of which service you might need. If you notice anything off about your wheels, be sure to get in touch with our service department! You can schedule service with one of our dealerships at your convenience or check out our service tips.

Trust Our Service Professionals for Wheel Maintenance!

If you have further questions about deciding between wheel alignment and balancing, be sure to contact us at your convenience. We’d be happy to answer any and all of your questions. We can also walk you through how often you should change your oil or when you should change your serpentine belt.

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