Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment

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Wheel alignment and balancing are crucial maintenance services that help ensure the reliability, performance, and safety of your vehicle on Eagan and Woodbury roads. While the two terms are often used interchangeably, alignment and balancing are actually two distinct types of maintenance. Explore the differences between wheel balancing vs. wheel alignment below, and when your vehicle is due for service, our team at Mauer Chevrolet is here to help.


What is Wheel Balancing?

Over time, it’s natural for wheels to start to lose their balance. This can accelerate tire wear and cause vibrations and shaking in the steering wheel, as the tire on the unbalanced wheel is contacting the road harder and heavier than the other tires. When you have your wheels balanced every 5,000 to 6,000 miles, you are helping preserve the tread, improve traction, enhance your control of your vehicle, and get a longer life out of your tires. Here’s an easy way to remember to have your wheels balanced: Whenever you take your car in for a tire rotation, have the technician perform a wheel balancing at the same visit.

What is Wheel Alignment?

During a wheel alignment, the technician checks and adjusts your tires so that they are perpendicular to the road and parallel to one another. Also called a front-end alignment, wheel alignment minimizes tread wear, prevents vehicle pulling, and extends the longevity of your tires. However, unlike wheel balancing, wheel alignment only needs to be performed as needed.

Choosing Between Wheel Alignment and Balancing

As you can see, there are some important differences between wheel balancing vs. wheel alignment. But how can you know for sure which service you need? If your steering wheel is vibrating or shaking on your St. Paul drives, you likely need a wheel balancing. If you feel your vehicle pulling in one direction, or you see excessive wear on the front tires, an alignment is a good idea.

Trust Mauer Chevrolet for Your Auto Service Needs

Now that you know the distinctions between wheel balancing vs. wheel alignment, have you realized that your vehicle is due for one of these services? Schedule your next appointment online or contact us today. Don’t forget to browse our latest specials to save on your visit. Our service team is on hand to care for your vehicle with the skill, care, and attention you can only get from Chevrolet!


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