Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment

Changing a wheel

Some may argue that your car’s wheels are some of the most important parts, which is why you want to make sure to keep up with regular automotive maintenance and care. Two routine services are wheel alignment and balancing. If you’re wondering if they’re the same services, they’re not. We’re comparing wheel balancing vs. wheel alignment to help drivers better understand the difference before scheduling a service appointment with our Richfield service center.


What is Wheel Balancing Service?

Wheels lose their balance over time, which is why wheel balancing should be done regularly. Unbalanced wheels can cause the steering wheel to vibrate or shake, making it difficult to drive around the Minneapolis area. It also develops different tire wear since one part of the tire is heavier than the others.

Having your wheels balanced ensures a smooth ride while minimizing tire bouncing for better traction and control while extending the life of your tires. It’s recommended to have your wheels balanced when the tires get rotated, which is normally every 5,000 to 6,000 miles, or every six months.

What is the Wheel Alignment Service?

Wheel alignment service should get done as needed, but it doesn’t need to get added to your routine maintenance. When you get your wheels aligned, our factory-trained service technicians will make sure the tires are perpendicular to the road and parallel to each other. 

When the wheels are not aligned, it ends up resulting in the excessive and uneven tread, which can cause uneven wear on the tires and steering issues. It can even cause vehicle pulling, which could lead to drifting into the next lane as you’re driving around Eden Prairie. This is why it’s important to have your wheel alignment checked if you suspect that there’s a problem. 

Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment: Which is Needed?

After learning the differences between these two tire services, you will better understand and know which is needed. Car pulling to one side in Edina? Schedule a wheel alignment. Vibrating steering wheel? Get your wheels balanced. Contact our service department for additional details or if you have any questions.

What Are the Wheel Balancing & Wheel Alignment Costs?

How much does a wheel balancing cost? This will vary based on your location, vehicle, service costs for both wheel balancing and alignment can vary. While the cost will vary, the average for wheel balancing is between $40-$75. 

How much does a wheel alignment service cost? A front-end alignment will typically run between $65-$100. It could cost more, but that depends more on the brand. If you’re getting all four wheels aligned, it may cost about double that figure.

Trust Land Rover Richfield for Wheel Services!

If your vehicle needs a wheel alignment or balance, give our service center a call to make an appointment. We also offer service specials and competitive pricing for an amazing deal that won’t break the bank.

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