The Difference Between Wheel Balancing and Wheel Alignment
March 01, 2016 at 9:32 AM
Many people think Wheel Balancing is the same as Wheel Alignment…it’s not…let us explain…
Incorrectly balanced wheels can result in an uncomfortable drive due to vibration in the steering wheel at certain road speeds (usually around 50-70 mph) or vibration in the seat or floor area of the vehicle at certain speeds. As a result of wheels being out of balance there is premature tyre wear and poor handling.
Wheel balancing is simply adjusting the balance between the tyre and the rim.
We offer a FREE Balance check so call in or phone 01993 842345 to ensure that your wheels are correctly balanced for a more comfortable, safe and efficient drive.
Wheel alignment is making sure the wheels on your vehicle are perpendicular to the road and that the wheels are parallel to each other, our four wheel laser alignment costs only £45.00 plus VAT…let me explain why it’s money well spent…
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you could have a problem that can be addressed with a four wheel alignment check…
- Is your steering wheel straight when you drive your car?
- Does your car pull or drift to the left or right?
- Are you experiencing uneven tyre wear?
- Does your car understeer or oversteer?
- Do the tyres squeal on roundabouts?
- Does your car wander when driving in a straight line?
THE IMPORTANT OF CORRECT WHEEL ALIGNMENT
Many of us don’t realise the importance of correct wheel alignment on our cars. We often think that nothing really happens to our tyres other than the odd puncture. This couldn’t be further from the truth…it is very important that our wheels are regularly aligned correctly, usually every 6 months or every 6,000 miles.
Having a car or a van with badly aligned wheels can also lead on to other associated problems, such as…
- Brake shaft fails to work to optimum levels.
- Uneven tyres make tend to make your vehicle pull to one side causing steering problems.
- Uneven braking
- It can affect the suspension of your car – which could be costly to put right.
Ensuring the vehicle has correctly aligned tyres has other benefits too
- Save Fuel – your car has to work much harder due to uneven friction and more resistance from the road surface.
- Environmentally friendly – ensuring you are not burning fuel unnecessarily is one way you can do your bit towards saving our environment.
- Cost – how much did it cost to have your last tyres replaced? Incorrectly aligned wheels result in quick wear and tear and the tyre becoming bald on one side – you will be replacing your tyres more often than necessary if they are incorrectly aligned.
- Safety - not only will it cause problems for your vehicle but it could also put you and your passengers at unnecessary risk. Driving a car that pulls itself to one side all the time due to faulty wheel alignment makes driving incredibly more difficult.
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