Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment

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Whether you’re caring for a personal vehicle or you’re setting up a commercial model’s maintenance checklist, you need to be clear on the differences between wheel balancing and wheel alignment! That’s where our service experts come in. Here’s everything that distinguishes wheel balancing vs. wheel alignment:

  • Wheel balancing evens out the weight distribution of each individual wheel and tire. Since wheel weight varies from point-to-point as you move around the circumference, balancing is required to minimize shake and wear at high speeds.
  • Wheel alignment involves orienting all four of your tires so that they are perpendicular to the road, and parallel to one another.

What is Wheel Balancing?

A tire might look like a perfect circle, but in all likelihood, it’s heavier at some points than at others. As the more heavily-weighted parts swing with each rotation, your tires may ‘bounce’ on the roads near Milwaukee. This creates an unpleasant shake that can be felt through the steering wheel, and it also generates accelerated, uneven wear in a distinct “cupping” pattern.

A service center that truly cares about your vehicle will want to balance the tires every time you schedule tire rotation–once every 5,000 to 6,000 miles, or at least twice per year. There are several methods that technicians use to balance tires, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions.

What is Wheel Alignment Service?

Wheel alignment is slightly simpler. All the technician is doing is lining up your wheels and making sure that they all point in the same direction! Although it might seem obvious, many drivers don’t realize that an irritating pull in one direction or the other is often the result of misalignment. What’s more, misalignment can also cause accelerated tire wear–usually in the form of extra wear on the inside or outside of the tire.

Wheel alignment doesn’t necessarily need to be carried out every time you schedule rotation or balancing near Northern Chicago or Racine. However, since something as small as a pothole or a curb could disorient your wheels, you’ll definitely want an expert to check your alignment regularly.

Schedule Service at Lynch Truck Center

Do you still have more questions about wheel balancing vs. wheel alignment? Although we’re happy to answer you online or at 262.332.6551, scheduling wheel alignment and balancing service at our dealership is the best way to make sure that you’re covering all your bases. Make an appointment today, and make sure to check out our service specials too!

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