Wheel Alignment Vs Wheel Balancing

Without a doubt, our car makes people lives easier. And with that, they need to be maintained properly to get the most out of your car and use it for longer periods of time. Wheel alignment is just one of the many ways to maintain your car. This process consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels thus making them perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. The purpose of the adjustment is to maximize the tire life and for the vehicle to track straight when driving on a level road. It is essential that you need to know the important areas that your specialist needs to check. Get the facts about  Wheel Balancers

Below are the symptoms of a car that needs Wheel Alignment
• If the car is already pulling or driving away from the straight line.
• If the tires of your car become uneven or if not, tire wear is seen.
• If the car is drifting or wandering on a straight level road.
A four wheel alignment is the best type of wheel alignment. Good thing that most of the cars nowadays, have adjustable rear wheel alignment settings. After the wheel alignment is finished, you have to test drive the car on a straight level road and check if the car tracks straight. Check also if the steering wheel is in the proper position with the level of the spokes. If not, have an expert technician fine-tune the alignment settings of your car.

After the wheel alignment is finished, you should drive the car on a straight and level road and check that the car goes straight and that the steering wheel is in the proper position with the spokes level. If you notice a problem, take the car back and have the technician drive it and fine-tune the alignment settings.

Wheel Balancing – it allows the tires and wheels to spin without causing any vibrations which can produce unnecessary noise. This may be done by first checking for any spots on the wheel and tire and balancing fit by placing a lead weight on the reverse side of the wheel from where the spot is.
Symptoms of a car that need Wheel Balancing:
• If you can feel vibrations in the steering wheel at certain speeds when on the highway.
• If vibrations are also felt in the seat or on the floorboard at certain speeds when on the highway.
• If the tires show signs of scalloped or cupped wear.
Out of balance tires may cause car to vibrate at certain speeds usually between 50-70 mph. To balance the wheel, the technician will put it on a balancing machine which then spins the wheel to find the heavier part.
Don’t be confused with wheel alignment and wheel balancing as they are relatively different form each other yet both important and shouldn’t be overlooked. Make sure that you go to a reliable auto repair shop that can help you with the proper alignment and balancing of the wheel. They may also specialize in auto air conditioning, brake repairs, catalytic converters, muffler repairs, front-end parts, as well as oil and lubrication service.