Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment

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The wheels on your vehicle are among the most important parts, as healthy wheels are essential for every Gastonia commute. Driving comfort and overall safety are why it is important to keep up with regular automotive care. Two services that you may be familiar with are wheel alignment and balancing.

Many Hickory drivers think they are the same service, but there are notable differences when you compare wheel balancing vs. wheel alignment. Read on below to learn more about these two vital services before you schedule maintenance with us in Shelby.

What is Wheel Balancing Service?

In order to fully compare wheel balancing vs. wheel alignment, let’s first take a closer look at wheel balancing. As you travel throughout Forest City, your tires will lose their balance over time. When wheels become unbalanced, it can cause an unsettling shaking or vibration of the steering wheel. Unbalanced tires will also contribute to uneven tire wear due to one part of the tire being heavier than the others.

Regular wheel balancing ensures that your vehicle will be able to ride smoothly. Wheel balancing reduces tire bouncing, improves traction and control, and extends the lifespan of your tires. It is usually recommended that tires be balanced with every rotation, which should be done every 5,000 to 6,000 miles or every 6 months.

What is Wheel Alignment Service?

Now, we can take a look at wheel alignment to fully round out the differences between wheel alignment and balancing. Wheel alignment doesn’t necessarily need to be part of your routine service schedule, but should be done as needed. You may hear a wheel alignment referred to as a front end alignment. During this service, one of our technicians will ensure that your tires are both perpendicular to the road and parallel to each other.

If you notice excessive wear, uneven wear, or steering issues (such as the wheel ‘pulling’ to one side), your wheels may be out of alignment. Misaligned tires can cause unnecessary wear and tear that will drastically affect the health and life of your tire. If you notice any of the aforementioned warning signs, visit our service center in Shelby for expeditious care.

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

Now that you better understand the difference between wheel alignment and wheel balancing, you can spot the warning signs and have the proper service done right away. If your car is pulling to one side, schedule a wheel alignment. If your steering wheel is vibrating, get your wheels balanced. If you are unsure which service is needed, contact our service department for expert guidance on all of your maintenance needs.

Wheel Alignment and Balancing Costs

Every driver is concerned with the bottom line, so how much does a wheel balancing cost? Generally, the price of a wheel balancing service will range from $40-$75. However, your location and vehicle can impact that estimate.

The price of a wheel alignment is usually a bit more expensive than a balancing service, but still incredibly reasonable when you consider the added safety and comfort behind the wheel. Typically, drivers will have to pay roughly $65-$100 for a wheel alignment. Certain brands will cost more, and an alignment on all four wheels can double the price.

Rely on Renaldo Kia for Wheel Services!

Whether you need further guidance about wheel alignment and wheel balancing or want to know the costs of our service, you can contact us today! Our team is standing by to help all of our customers safely get back on the streets without breaking the bank. Explore our service coupons for added savings!


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