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This is a good question for drivers to ask as it means that they are aware that both proper wheel alignment and the correct tire balancing are necessary for the well-being of your tires, as well as the safety of your vehicle. Tire balancing should be performed more frequently, while a wheel alignment service is not needed as often.

So, does wheel balancing affect alignment? Not necessarily. However, because the symptoms of misalignment and lost balancing are so similar, it is difficult to know which one might be the problem leading to damaged tires, suspension problems, and steering problems.

How does a tire get out of balance, you ask? Imperfections in the rubber and damage to a tire or rim can throw a wheel "out of balance." Treadwear also causes the distribution of weight around the tire to change. This leads to an imbalance that causes the vehicle to shake or vibrate. To balance a tire, the technician removes the tire from the vehicle and spins it on a calibrated balancer. A small lead weight is then attached to the tire to counter-balance any heavy spots. Tire balancing is typically performed when tires are rotated, which is usually every 5-6,000 miles.

What if your car is out of alignment? While tire wear prevention is a good reason to keep your wheel alignment in check, the consequences of misalignment can also play out in overall vehicle performance. A wheel alignment service includes checking the tread for uneven wear and an inspection of the “toe, camber, and caster” which are the three components for measuring wheel orientation. Then, the angle of the wheels will be adjusted to the position matching the manufacturer’s recommended specification. Most manufacturers recommend having the alignment checked every 10,000 miles.

Whether your wheels are out of alignment, or the tires have lost a balance weight, watch for these signs:

  • Vehicle pulls to the left or right
  • Uneven or rapid tire wear
  • The steering wheel is crooked, feels “loose,” or vibrates
  • Squealing or wobbly tires

Wheel alignment and tire balancing service are well worth the little bit of time and money to protect your tire investment and enhance the safety of your vehicle.

Wondering how does wheel balancing affect alignment? Contact our ASE Certified Technicians at Clausen Automotive, The Hybrid Shop, for more information about car alignment and tire balancing services and to schedule an appointment. Since 1975, our family-owned auto shop has proudly served vehicle owners in Madison, WI, and the surrounding communities.

Does wheel balancing affect alignment? Proper wheel alignment and balancing are both important for the well-being of your tires and safety.

This is a good question for drivers to ask as it means that they are aware that both proper wheel alignment and the correct tire balancing are necessary for the well-being of your tires, as well as the safety of your vehicle. Tire balancing should be performed more frequently, while a wheel alignment service is not needed as often.

So, does wheel balancing affect alignment? Not necessarily. However, because the symptoms of misalignment and lost balancing are so similar, it is difficult to know which one might be the problem leading to damaged tires, suspension problems, and steering problems.

How does a tire get out of balance, you ask? Imperfections in the rubber and damage to a tire or rim can throw a wheel "out of balance." Treadwear also causes the distribution of weight around the tire to change. This leads to an imbalance that causes the vehicle to shake or vibrate. To balance a tire, the technician removes the tire from the vehicle and spins it on a calibrated balancer. A small lead weight is then attached to the tire to counter-balance any heavy spots. Tire balancing is typically performed when tires are rotated, which is usually every 5-6,000 miles.

What if your car is out of alignment? While tire wear prevention is a good reason to keep your wheel alignment in check, the consequences of misalignment can also play out in overall vehicle performance. A wheel alignment service includes checking the tread for uneven wear and an inspection of the “toe, camber, and caster” which are the three components for measuring wheel orientation. Then, the angle of the wheels will be adjusted to the position matching the manufacturer’s recommended specification. Most manufacturers recommend having the alignment checked every 10,000 miles.

Whether your wheels are out of alignment, or the tires have lost a balance weight, watch for these signs:

  • Vehicle pulls to the left or right
  • Uneven or rapid tire wear
  • The steering wheel is crooked, feels “loose,” or vibrates
  • Squealing or wobbly tires

Wheel alignment and tire balancing service are well worth the little bit of time and money to protect your tire investment and enhance the safety of your vehicle.

Wondering how does wheel balancing affect alignment? Contact our ASE Certified Technicians at Clausen Automotive, The Hybrid Shop, for more information about car alignment and tire balancing services and to schedule an appointment. Since 1975, our family-owned auto shop has proudly served vehicle owners in Madison, WI, and the surrounding communities.

Steve Clausen
Clausen AutomotiveAuto Repair Shop in Madison, WI

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