Understanding the Difference and Importance of Wheel Balancing and Alignment

August 3rd, 2016 by

As a car owner, we believe you should always have an idea of what kind of services your vehicle needs to keep it running smoothly. A smooth drive comes from the alignment and balancing of the wheels. They are two different services, but both are helpful in the longevity of your vehicle, and we’re going to explain the difference for you today.

What is a wheel balance?

  • A wheel balance adjusts proper balance of the wheels
  • When your wheels aren’t balanced it causes tread wear and the distribution of weight around the tire to change, which can lead to imbalance, causing the vehicle to shake or vibrate
  • Wheel balance service uses a calibrated spin balancer, and will test it at moving and non-moving to make sure your wheels are balanced, if they are not, they are adjusted
  • Most wheel balancing is recommended every 5,000 to 6,000 miles, or every six months

What is a wheel alignment?

  • A wheel alignment will adjust the angle of your car’s wheels to the position that is set by the manufacturer’s recommended specification
  • The inspection includes looking at the toe, chamber, and caster, which are the three components that measure wheel alignment. If adjustments are needed, they are made
  • If you notice any pulling of the vehicle to one side or your vehicle has recently been in a collision, you should get a wheel alignment
  • We also recommend a wheel alignment every 5,000 to 6,000 miles, especially if you drive through pot holes, gravel road, or in many different road conditions

Feel free to stop in and learn more about each or schedule an appointment with our service center. Our team here at Dallas Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM would be happy to answer any questions, and set up test drives in vehicles today.

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