Team Gillman Mazda Discusses Wheel Balance and Alignment
There are many people in Houston, TX who know that a wheel balance and wheel alignment are important, but often, people don’t know the difference between the two services. They are both important, but have slight differentiations, and here at Team Gillman Mazda we perform both, but want you to know what each service entails, too.
What is a wheel balance?
- A wheel balance adjusts proper balance of the wheels
- When your wheels aren’t balanced it causes tread wear and the distribution of weight around the tire to change, which can lead to imbalance, causing the vehicle to shake or vibrate
- Wheel balance service uses a calibrated spin balancer, and will test it at moving and non-moving to make sure your wheels are balanced, if they are not, they are adjusted
- Most wheel balancing is recommended every 5,000 to 6,000 miles, or every six months
What is a wheel alignment?
- A wheel alignment will adjust the angle of your car’s wheels to the position that is set by the manufacturer’s recommended specification
- The inspection includes looking at the toe, chamber, and caster, which are the three components that measure wheel alignment. If adjustments are needed, they are made
- If you notice any pulling of the vehicle to one side or your vehicle has recently been in a collision, you should get a wheel alignment
- We also recommend a wheel alignment every 5,000 to 6,000 miles, especially if you drive through pot holes, gravel road, or in many different road conditions
You can learn more by stopping in to see us, as we’d be happy to discuss service, schedule and appointment, and arrange test drives in new Mazda vehicles.