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Wheel Balancing & Alignment

When potholes, curbs, and even routine road wear knock your car wheels out of alignment, the results can range from the subtle (tires that wear prematurely) to dramatic (poor handling). To keep your vehicle running smoothly, it’s important to keep up with regular maintenance on your vehicle’s tires. There are two different types of tire services: wheel alignment and balancing.

Now, wheel balancing and wheel alignment are two different services. The only thing in common is that both are important and necessary for enhancing your tires’ life and performance. In a nutshell, wheel balancing refers to an adjustment of any weight imbalances in a wheel. In contrast, wheel alignment is a service where your technician will adjust the angle of your car’s wheels to the position to the manufacturer’s recommended specification.

Why You Need Wheel Balancing & Alignment

Wheels lose balance over time, so wheel balancing service is necessary to restore proper balance. Out-of-balance wheels cause a shaky ride and increase the wear and tear on your tires, struts, and shocks, leading to unnecessary repairs. As such, balancing your wheels minimizes potential vibration felt in the steering wheel, seat, or floorboard and aids in proper tire treadwear.

On the other hand, if your vehicle’s wheels are out of alignment, this can result in excessive, uneven tread, unnecessary wear and tear, and even steering issues. Once you notice this problem, have the wheel alignment checked as soon as you can. At Pinecrest Shell & Auto Repair, we’ll help make sure you’re getting the most from your tire investment so that you can enjoy the road (and the destination) uninterrupted.

What We Offer

Wheel balancing and wheel alignment are different but are very important to the longevity of your vehicle. Correctly aligned tires will reduce the risk of other parts wearing prematurely (e.g., suspension), helping you save money on potentially costly repairs. Plus, if your wheels are perfectly balanced, you can expect to receive a safer driving experience with fewer vibrations through the car.

You’ll know when it is time to take your car in for a wheel balancing or wheel alignment service if you observe the following symptoms:

  • The car is pulling to one side of the road.
  • The tire treads are wearing out prematurely or
  • unevenly.
  • The tires are squealing.
  • The steering wheel tilts off-center when you're driving.
  • The steering wheel vibrates when accelerating.

What can happen if your tires are not aligned properly? It can cause excessive wear and tear on the tires, steering issues, and uneven tire tread. On the other hand, when you get your tires rotated, it is good to have your wheels balanced. These services should be performed every 5,000 to 6,0000 miles or every six months.

Balancing and alignments are just as important as other auto services your car requires to operate correctly. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a service appointment with us.

Complete Auto Service in Alexandria

For more information on wheel balancing and alignment and other services provided by Pinecrest Shell Auto & Repair, contact us today at 703-750-2991. Our team of professional mechanics are always happy to speak with new and returning clients. Our main goal is to have our clients safe and comfortable on the roads, which is why we go above and beyond to give you the best service possible. Schedule an appointment with one of our trusted mechanics, and see how your engine is doing.