Whats the distinction between wheel alignment and balance

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Whats the distinction between wheel alignment and balance


You’ve probably heard about the value of tyre alignment and wheel balancing if you own a car. Both services increase steering/handling performance and tyre life, but they are not the same thing.

So what distinguishes wheel balance from wheel alignment? Find out by reading on.



What does wheel balance and alignment entail?

Aligning the wheels

In order to ensure that the wheels are properly positioned with respect to the road, your car’s suspension (the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels) must be adjusted.

Three different angles can be changed while aligning wheels:

When viewed from the front of the automobile, the tire’s camber is the inward or outward angle.

Never undervalue the significance of tyre alignment. Your wheels will resist steering inputs and your tyres will wear unevenly if your alignment is off. Your tyres will perform better and last longer with regular adjustments.



Balancing the wheels

Wheel balancing, on the other hand, refers to the correction of any weight imbalances in a tyre or wheel. A unstable, uneven ride results from an unbalanced tyre. If unaddressed, the unequal weight and pressure distribution causes excessive tyre wear and tear, necessitating more frequent tyre replacements than necessary.

A specialist will remove the wheels from the car and install them on a specialised balancing equipment to balance your tyres. High-speed tyre spinning is used by the machine to locate imbalances. The technician then adjusts the imbalances by mounting miniature wheel weights to the tyre and wheel assembly.

Why are tyres out of balance or misaligned?

Aligning the wheels

  • Potholes
  • jarring collisions (collisions with curbs, fender-benders)
  • standard wear and tear
  • reckless driving
  • hefty burdens
  • damaged or new suspension components
  • Incompatible tyres

Balancing the wheels

  • normal wear and flaws in tyres
  • worn suspension components
  • Sudden collisions (collisions with curbs, fender-benders)

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What signs are present?

Aligning the wheels

  • When you’re travelling on a straight, level road with little to no wind, your car may drift or pull to one side.
  • Your steering wheel is trembling, you notice.
  • Although you are travelling straight, your steering wheel is not in the middle.
  • You observe that your tyres are wearing unevenly: ul>!– wp:list-item –>
  • Do you notice scuff marks on your tyre tread or the alternation of smooth and sharp edges?
  • One-sided shoulder wear is when you discover that one side of your tyre is degrading more quickly than the other.

Balancing the wheels

  • As the car accelerates, vibrations become more intense.ul
  • If the vibration is mostly felt in the steering wheel, the issue is probably with the front wheels.
  • If the seat is the primary location of the vibration, the back wheel is probably the culprit.

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  • You see an unusual tread wear pattern on your tyres. The most typical tyre wear patterns that we observe on imbalanced tyres are cupped or scalloped patterns.

What is their price?

Aligning the wheels

The price of a wheel alignment varies based on the mechanic and the car, but it usually ranges from $100 to $200. At Virginia Tyre & Auto, we correctly assess and modify the angles of your vehicle’s wheels using cutting-edge technology from Hunter Engineering.

Virginia Tyre & Auto charges $119.99 for a Computerised Alignment service and $179.99 for a Premium Alignment service. There is a 6-month, 6,000-mile warranty included with both procedures.

The majority of vehicles require a computerised alignment, but because European vehicles have more sophisticated steering, suspension, and computer systems, they also need a premium alignment.

Balancing the wheels

The normal price per tyre for a wheel balancing procedure is from $15 to $50.

Standard balancing and Road Force balancing are the two tyre balancing options we provide at Virginia Tyre & Auto. At Virginia Tyre & Auto, standard balancing is $20 per tyre and is FREE with the purchase of any tyre. It has a 6-month, 6,000-mile guarantee and corrects any up-and-down imbalances.

When a normal balance cannot correct balancing problems, Road Force balancing employs specialised equipment. You only need to obtain a Road Force Balance once over the life of the tyre, saving you $40 per tyre, assuming there is no damage to the wheel assembly.

How frequently should you complete it?

How frequently you should get your alignment or tyres balanced is a question that has no clear-cut solution, much like other auto maintenance procedures. There are other things to take into account, such as;

  • how often do you drive your car?
  • how well your roads are maintained
  • how well-made your tyres are

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The owner’s manual for your car is where you can find out what the manufacturer advises. However, wheel balance is often more frequently needed than wheel alignment.

Generally speaking, you should have your wheels balanced and aligned once a year, or every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, unless you’ve had a Road Force Balance service. Every time you put on new tyres, you should also get your alignment checked and your wheels balanced. By doing this, you may save money on maintenance and gasoline while also driving with confidence.

Services for Alignment and Balancing at Virginia Tyre & Auto

At Virginia Tyre & Auto, every tyre purchase includes tyres&, our hassle-free installation and driving package that helps you save money on wheel alignment and balancing services. Tyres& offers a FREE alignment check in addition to our usual balancing service.

Trust the tyre specialists at Virginia Tyre & Auto for the best alignment and balancing service using technology that leads the industry. For servicing, stop by your neighbourhood shop or make an online reservation at any time.

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