Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment

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Keeping up with wheel and tire care around Turlock and Stockton is crucial if you want your vehicle to run smoothly for many years to come. Two services that shouldn’t be missed include wheel alignment and balancing. Are they the same? The answer to this question is no. They are two separate services, yet both are necessary in ensuring that your wheels and tires last as long as possible. Compare wheel balance vs. wheel alignment in this guide from Acura of Modesto below.



What is Wheel Balancing Service?

As you drive around Manteca and beyond, your wheels gradually start to become unbalanced. When this happens, it can lead to shaking or vibration in the steering wheel. This occurs due to the fact that one part of the tire is heavier than the others.

To enjoy a smooth ride once again, you will want to have the wheels balanced. It minimizes tire bouncing, improves traction and control, and extends the life of your tires. How often should you have the wheels balanced? It’s recommended that you have your wheels balanced when you bring your vehicle in for a tire rotation. Both services should be performed every 5,000 to 6,000 miles or every 6 months.

What is Wheel Alignment Service?

There is no set interval for wheel alignment. This is a service that is performed on an as-needed basis. During your service visit, the technician will make sure that the tires are perpendicular to the road and parallel to each other. Why is it important for your wheels to be properly aligned?

Wheels that are not aligned correctly can cause excessive, uneven tread, unnecessary wear and tear on your tires, and steering issues. If you notice that your vehicle is pulling to one side, it is a sign that your car is in need of wheel alignment.

Wheel Balancing & Wheel Alignment Cost

How much does wheel balancing cost? Depending on your location and your vehicle, the cost of this service varies. In general, the U.S. average for wheel balancing is between $40-$75.

How much does a wheel alignment service cost? A front-end alignment typically costs between $65-$100. It can be a bit more depending on your particular make and model. Keep in mind that when you are getting all four wheels aligned, it may cost about double that figure.

Enjoy Trusted Tire Service at Acura of Modesto

Now that you know the difference between wheel alignment and balancing, you have a better idea of what service your vehicle needs. Set up your next appointment with us today, stop by our dealership in Modesto, or contact us if you have any questions.


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