Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment

mechanic performs wheel alignment

The wheels and tires of your vehicle are some of the most important components for your vehicle’s safety and performance, which is why regular maintenance is so crucial. But if you’re getting ready to set up your next appointment, you might wonder, “What’s the difference between wheel balancing vs. wheel alignment?” These are actually two separate tire-related services, but both are valuable to keep your car steady on the Lawrenceville roads. Learn the basics of wheel alignment and balancing with our service center, and schedule your next appointment with Rick Hendrick Chevrolet Duluth!

Wheel Balancing Service

When a wheel is in balance, it performs at its best. But over time, most wheels lose balance and need a technician’s help. Unbalanced wheels can have the following issues:

  • Shaking or vibrating steering wheel
  • Uneven tire wear with one part of a tire heavier than the rest
  • Unpleasant driving experiences

A wheel balancing service will help even out your tires to improve grip, reduce tire bounding, and improve your tire lifespan. Our technicians recommend bundling your wheel balancing with your tire rotation service.

Wheel Alignment Service

While wheel balancing and rotations are part of your standard maintenance routine, wheel alignment isn’t always necessary. We recommend wheel alignments if you run over a pothole, hit a curb, get into an accident, or something similar. Misaligned wheels can cause major issues, like:

  • Excessive, uneven tread wear
  • Unnecessary wear and tear on tires
  • Steering issues
  • Vehicle pulling

A wheel alignment service puts the wheels back to a perpendicular position against the road and parallel position to each other, so you get the smoothest and safest ride possible in Suwanee.

Wheel Alignment or Balancing: Which Do You Need?

If you’re not sure whether you need a wheel alignment or balancing, our service experts would be happy to help you figure out just what you need. But if you want to troubleshoot, think of your car’s behavior. Is it pulling toward the right or the left when you navigate Johns Creek? That’s a sign that you need a wheel alignment to get your wheels back in the proper position. What if you notice a shaky steering wheel or vibrations? A wheel balance might be the fix that you need.

Schedule Your Next Service with Rick Hendrick Chevrolet Duluth

No matter what your car needs, our service center can help you. Contact us in Duluth for more information about wheel balancing vs. wheel alignment services, or schedule your appointment online at your convenience!


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