The words “balance” and “alignment” aren’t exclusively heard in yoga studios. When you take your automobile in for service, you’ll also hear these terms spoken. What does balancing and alignment mean outside of the yoga mat, though? Tire balance and alignment are two different services that contribute to a better ride. A tyre balancing corrects the weight imbalance on your tyre and wheel assemblies, whereas an alignment corrects the angles of the tyres so that they make the proper contact with the road.

TIRE BALANCING: WHAT IS IT AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

Tire balancing (also known as wheel balancing) corrects an imbalance in the weight distribution of the wheels. Imbalanced wheels can cause vibration, excessive tyre wear, suspension damage, and other issues. The tyres and wheels are installed on a tyre balancing equipment during a tyre balance service. The equipment spins the tyre and wheel assembly to determine the imbalance, allowing a technician to accurately insert the right tyre weights for a fully balanced wheel and tyre combination. Wheel balancing and alignment are frequently performed at the same time, but they should not be confused!

WHERE DO YOU KNOW YOUR TIRES NEED TO BE BALANCED?

Uneven tyre wear, as well as vibrations in your steering wheel, floorboard, or seat, may indicate that tyre balancing is required. You might want to have your tyres balanced as part of a tyre rotation, following a flat tyre repair, or as part of routine maintenance. 

Surprisingly, the trembling part of your car can tell whether your front or rear wheels need to be balanced. It’s most likely your front tyres if it’s in the steering wheel. The unbalance is in the back wheels if it’s in the seats.

Uneven tyre wear or the loss of a wheel weight due to a rim hitting a curb or pothole can cause tyres to become unbalanced. If you store your automobile for a lengthy amount of time without moving it, the tyres may develop flat spots, causing imbalances.

WHAT DOES WHEEL ALIGNMENT ENTAIL?

Wheel alignment (also known as tyre alignment) is the process of adjusting the suspension of a vehicle, which is the mechanism that connects the vehicle to its wheels. It isn’t a matter of adjusting the tyres or wheels itself.

Your car’s alignment prevents it from swerving to the right or left. It can also help your vehicle handle better and reduce strange road vibrations.

WHAT ARE THE RED FLAGS THAT YOUR CAR NEEDS TO BE ALIGNED?

If you detect any of the following, your car may require alignment:

  1. The vehicle is drifting to one side of the road.
  2. The treads on the tyres are wearing down too quickly or unevenly.
  3. The tyres are making a squeaking noise.
  4. When you’re driving, the steering wheel tilts off-center.
  5. When you accelerate, the steering wheel vibrates.

After a car accident, driving over a pothole, or colliding with a curb, your alignment can be thrown off.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BALANCING AND ALIGNMENT FOR YOUR CAR?

Balancing services have the most significant advantage of preventing premature tyre tread deterioration. Tires should be balanced every 5,000 to 6,000 miles (or as recommended by your manufacturer) according to technicians. This will help them last longer and perform better. Improved vehicle control, fuel efficiency, and tyre longevity are all advantages of wheel alignment. Your vehicle’s alignment should be checked every 6,000 miles or twice a year, according to Firestone Complete Auto Care. Alignment problems can shorten a tire’s life by thousands of miles and harm essential steering and suspension components if left corrected.

Are you experiencing balancing and alignment concerns with your vehicle? Allowing them to interrupt your flow is not a good idea. Make an appointment at your local Firestone Complete Auto Care for a zen-like ride that’s also dependable.