Wheel Balance

Wheel Balance

 

Often confused with wheel alignment, a properly balanced wheel is a beautiful, perfectly tuned wheel-tire combination. This is accomplished by placing measured lead weights on the opposite side of the “heavy spot”—the noticeable tread wear on your unbalanced tire.

How do I know if I need my wheels balanced?

Is your vehicle vibrating at certain speeds, say, between 50 and 70 mph? If so, chances are your wheel is out of balance. One section of your tire is heavier than the other because it’s endured more exposure to the friction and heat of the road. Come in for prompt, professional service—most people are very satisfied with the difference such a simple and inexpensive procedure makes. Look for these signs, and if you find either one, come see us:

  • Scalloped, erratic wear pattern on tires.
  • Vibration in steering wheel, seat, or floorboard at certain speeds.

 

Auto Alignment

Wheel Alignment

 

Wheel alignment is the position of the wheels relative to your car. When properly aligned, the wheels point in the right direction. Without proper alignment, the wheels resist your steering commands, as well as each other. Alignment also affects gas mileage and tire wear. If your tires are pointed in different directions, they fight against each other and can cause tread wear.

Wheel Alignment

Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment is having the wheels of your vehicle set and adjusted, so that these are all parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground. Having all the wheels properly aligned should be part of your regular car maintenance to ensure safe road traveling. Wheel alignment is dependent upon three primary angles of the wheels –  camber, caster, and toe. The camber is the angle, in degree measurement, at which the wheels are perpendicular to the road surface. Caster is the angle made in relation to the wheel’s pivot, and when properly set, it ensures straight traveling, without pulling to one side. Toe is the angle made in relation to the difference between the tire, when either pointing in or out, and the car’s centerline. Having a regular check of your car’s wheel alignment ensures your car is in tip-top, safe condition while running on the road, and also saves you from costly repairs.

 

 

Benefits of Wheel Alignment

 

Safety and efficiency is of utmost priority when driving your vehicle. Wheel alignment gives you the advantage of road safety, smooth driving, prolonged lifespan of your car tires, and improved gas mileage. If overlooked, unaligned wheels may cause uneven tire wear, which results in your car being pulled to either side, while it is running. Uneven tire wear may also lead to other mechanical troubles, such as problems in steering and suspension. We offer four wheel alignment, front wheel alignment, and rear wheel alignment, in accordance with your car maker’s specifications. All services are done by certified experts.