What’s the Difference between a Wheel Alignment & Balancing Tires?



It is extremely important to take good care of your tires. Your entire vehicle sits on and depends on your wheels and keep them in shape can save fuel and prevent accidents. There are times when the wear and tear on your tires can differ from front to back so we will outline the impact that both wheel alignment and tire balancing can have.

Balancing Your Tires
If your car or steering wheel vibrates or shakes when you hit a certain speed (usually 50-60 mph or more), this is a sure sign that your tires are off and need to be balanced. Sometimes the general wear and tear of your tires can reshape them, especially if you hit potholes often or get a flat. There are metal attachments in each tire that balance them out. Think of it as a tune up for your wheels. Taking care of your tires will ensure a longer life span for them and will keep you safe on the roads. McDavid Ford can correct misbalanced tires and offers this service to valued customers just like you.

Wheel Alignment
When your wheels aren’t aligned properly, they actually add wear and tear to other supporting car parts, such as your axles and wheel mounts. Additionally, your fuel efficiency decreasing because they are working harder, therefore using more gas and energy to do so. There are many ways you can tell if your tires need alignment, for example they could vibrate or pull to the right or left if you let go of the steering wheel for a moment (not recommended). Getting a wheel alignment at McDavid Ford will improve overall handling and will save gas.

Is it time to balance or align your wheels? Our Ford service department can take good care of you and we are open on the weekends. Click here to see our amazing service specials or schedule your appointment here. Car care is essential to safety. Don’t wait until you get a flat tire and you’re stuck on the side of the road. Come in to McDavid Ford in Fort Worth. We are happy to serve you. Safe travels.
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