Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment

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Your car’s wheels are essential to keeping you moving with ease around Bellaire and Kalkaska, and there are two routine tire services that are crucial to your performance: wheel alignment and balancing. So, what comes first: a wheel alignment or balancing? The experts at Serra Traverse City are here to break down wheel balancing vs. wheel alignment, so you can make the best decision when you bring your vehicle for a maintenance visit at our dealership today!



What Is Wheel Balancing Service?

Your wheels will lose balance over time, and this causes your steering wheel to shake or vibrate. So, what do unbalanced wheels feel like? When you have unbalanced tires, they will also develop varying tire wear because one part of the tire is heavier than the others. It’s easy to have your wheels balanced at the same time that your tires are rotated, which should be done around 5,000 to 6,000 miles or every 6 months.

What Is Wheel Alignment Service?

Wheel alignments are only done as needed, so they are not done as often as other essential maintenance tasks. Some signs that your wheels are misaligned will be excessive and uneven tread, unnecessary wear and tear on your tires, steering issues, and even drifting, which can put you into scary situations behind the wheel. This fix is also called a front-end alignment, where the service technician will make sure that the tires are not only perpendicular to the road but also parallel to each other.

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

Now that you have a better understanding of wheel balancing and alignment, you might be wondering which you need first to get back on the road. So, what comes first: wheel alignment or balancing? You’ll most likely need wheel balancing first as your tires receive regular wear as you drive. You might also be wondering, “Does wheel balancing affect alignment?” While they are not necessarily related, you’ll want to have one of our experts take a closer look at your tires to figure out the source of the issue.

Wheel Balancing & Wheel Alignment Cost

How much does a wheel balancing cost? Wheel balancing can vary by your location and vehicle, but the U.S. average wheel balancing cost is between $40-$75.

How much does a wheel alignment service cost? A front-end alignment can cost between $65-$100 or more depending on the brand while aligning all four wheels will double that figure.

Rely on Serra Traverse City for Wheel and Tire Services

Now that you know more about wheel balancing vs. wheel alignment, you can ensure your vehicle gets the best care for your Lake City commute. Rely on more tire services at Serra Traverse City, and see how you can save on your next ride when you shop our rotating service specials and explore more helpful car service tips and tricks. You can also order OEM parts for sale online from home. Contact us today for more information on wheel alignment and balancing, then schedule an appointment at our dealership here in Traverse City!


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