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Wheel Alignment or Tire Balance, Which Do You Need?

Wheel Alignment or Tire Balance, Which Do You Need?

When you have work done on your tires, your mechanic might recommend you get either a tire balance or wheel alignment or both. For many drivers, these terms are interchangeable. There is, however, quite a difference between the two. Tire Balance New tires are put onto your vehicle and balanced, but as you drive, the balance slowly changes. If you drive on roads with a lot of potholes, for example, the balance of one or more tires can be knocked out in comparison with the other tires. Balance is achieved by adding weights to the inner and outer portion of the tire rim. The type of weight you need is unique to your vehicle's rims and model. When a tire (or tires) is knocked out of balance, one or more of the following symptoms will occur Seat or wheel vibrations Tire wear that is not even A humming or whirring sound from the tires A shimmy when the vehicle speed exceeds 60 MPH Alignment Every vehicle starts off with a specific alignment. Over time driving, that alignment slip ... read more

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