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While wheel alignment and wheel balancing are commonly regarded as the same thing, they are not the same service. If your car has been pulling or drifting away from a straight line when you let go of the wheel or are experiencing tires that wear out rapidly, it may be time to have your tires balanced. At Auto Repair Technology Inc, we offer affordable wheel balance service for a wide range of cars and trucks.
Every time a wheel is first mounted onto the rim with a new tire, it has to be balanced. The goal is to make sure the weight is even around the wheel.
While wheel alignment focuses on correcting the angles of your wheels, wheel balancing focuses on minimizing tire bounce. Wheels that are out of balance will develop a cupped wear pattern since one section of the tire is heavier than the other sections.
Wheel balance is checked on a wheel balancing machine that can sense as little as 1/4 ounce difference in weight around the wheel. The quarter-ounce is significant because this tiny amount can create enough momentum to cause serious vibration.
Think about it, your vehicle is usually traveling at high speeds, and this seemingly small amount of weight difference is traveling very fast around the axle: hundreds of times a minute. When you multiply by 4 wheels, the vibrations really adds up.
In addition to vibrations, other effects of longterm unbalanced wheels include:
To avoid and/or correct these problems, an experienced Auto Repair Technology technician will balance your tires by placing tiny offsetting weights at specific points around the wheel.
The minute you pull away from the service station with your newly balanced tires, they will begin getting out of balance again. Every bump and corner will affect your tire’s balance so that’s why it’s important to have them balanced regularly.
Rebalancing your tires often is a smart investment, since it comes with an abundance of benefits like improved handling, better gas mileage, and protection for your tires.
With that being said, the most important benefit of realigning your tires is safety. Getting your wheels balanced will make your car significantly safer to drive.
Here at Auto Repair Technology, we want to help you stay safe and get you back on the road quickly. That’s why we take pride in balancing your tires your wheels as quickly as possible, without compromising any quality.
If you think your car could benefit from a tire balancing, or if you are unsure, don’t hesitate! We’ve been providing top-quality auto-maintenance service to Brook Park and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Give us a call today, we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have, and we can help set up an appointment.