Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment

Changing a wheel

As many Plymouth drivers know, maintenance on your car, truck, or SUV can save you money and even save lives. Wheel alignment and balancing are two essential tasks, as a misaligned or unbalanced vehicle presents risks for you and your passengers. But what’s the difference and which does your vehicle need? The service center at Cornerstone Plymouth covers Wheel balancing vs. wheel alignment below!

Wheel Balancing: Scheduling and Symptoms 

It’s inevitable that as you drive your vehicle around Minneapolis and Maple Grove, your wheels will lose some balance. That’s why wheel balancing is recommended with every tire rotation. Be alert to the following symptoms when it comes to wheel balancing: 

  • Uneven tire wear 
  • Your steering wheel shakes
  • Driving feels “off” or strangely unpleasant. 

Any wheel balancing service will result in noticeably smoother drives. It also helps extend the life of your tires by making sure they are wearing down evenly. Maintenance tasks like this are often part of service plans, even those for used vehicles!

Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment 

Wheel alignment and balancing, as noted above, are essential procedures for keeping your vehicle in shape. However, wheel alignment isn’t as routine as wheel balancing, as it often is necessitated by a small accident, like hitting a curb or going over rough roads and potholes. You need your wheels realigned if: 

  • You’ve recently hit a curb or driven over a pothole. 
  • Your vehicle is pulling. 
  • You’re experiencing steering issues. 
  • There’s uneven wear on your tires/treads.

A wheel alignment corrects these issues by making your wheels parallel to each other and perpendicular to the road. The overall result isn’t just smoother rides; you’ll be safer as well. You’ll find services like wheel alignment and balancing among service specials in a Minnetonka-area service center!

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Do you need wheel alignment and balancing? At Cornerstone Plymouth, we’re not just about fixing problems but providing Plymouth drivers with comprehensive knowledge about vehicle care. Read more service tips online before you schedule service today! And please contact us with any questions about care service, maintenance, and more.

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