Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment

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In order to safely and effectively operate your vehicle, you need your wheels to work properly.  That’s why it’s important you keep up with regular automotive tire care for your new or used Mercedes-Benz. Wheel alignment and balancing are two routine tire services that are often mistaken as one. To ensure your vehicle’s tires are receiving the attention they need, it’s important to understand the difference between wheel balancing vs. wheel alignment before scheduling an appointment at your local Cincinnati service center.

Wheel Balancing Service Overview

Over time, wheels will lose their balance. When your wheels are unbalanced, it can cause the steering wheel to shake or vibrate, making for an unpleasant drive around Blue Ash. It’s important to make wheel balancing a regular part of your tire maintenance as unbalanced tires will wear unevenly. This is because one part of the tire is getting more friction than other parts.

When you have your wheels balanced, you’ll notice a smoother ride as the service minimizes tire bouncing. It also gives the added benefits of improving traction and control, and extends the life of your tires. Current guidelines dictate that you have your wheels balanced when you get your tires rotated. You should have this service should done every 5,000 to 6,000 miles or every 6 months.

Wheel Alignment Service Overview

While wheel alignment is important, it isn’t part of your regular tire maintenance, but rather an as-needed service. When you have your wheels aligned, which is sometimes referred to as a front-end alignment, the service technician will make sure that the tires are perpendicular to the road and parallel to each other.

If your wheels are out of alignment, it can result in steering issues, uneven tread, and unnecessary wear and tear on your tires. Signs that your vehicle may have alignment issues include shaking when braking or your vehicle is pulling. If you notice this problem, it’s important to have your wheel alignment checked. This can also cause vehicle pulling, which can lead to drifting into the next lane as you’re driving through Montgomery.

Deciding if You Need Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment

A vibrating steering wheel indicates a wheel balancing may be in order. Meanwhile, if your car is pulling to one side on Sharonville roads, you’ll want to schedule a wheel alignment. Contact our service department to learn even more about these services and how to save on your vehicle’s needs with our service specials.

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