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What is the Difference Between a Wheel Alignment vs. Tire Balance?

What is the Difference Between a Wheel Alignment vs. Tire Balance?

There is only so much auto terminology that the average person can understand. Most people confuse tire alignment and tire balance considering they both provide you with a smoother ride. If you’re wondering, “What is a wheel alignment?” or, “What does tire balancing do?” It's time to review auto care vocab.    Wheel Alignment is the process of altering the angles of the wheels so that they are making contact with the ground evenly and parallel to each other. The purpose of these adjustments ultimately maximizes the life of the tires and keeps the vehicle driving straight. Here are symptoms to look for if you need a tire alignment: Uneven or accelerated tire wear Pulling or drifting  Wandering on a straight, level road Off-centered steering wheel Squealing tire sounds On the other hand, Wheel Balancing corrects the weight imbalance on your wheels and ensures that the tires spin correctly and without vibration. A certified technicia ... read more