What's the difference between a tire balance and wheel alignment

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Every driver knows the importance of regularly scheduled maintenance, and if you've recently visited our Ford service center near Lima, then you might have heard one of our expert technicians mention a tire balance and wheel alignment. Both services are often grouped together during one service visit and are necessary for a smooth driving experience, but involve very different processes. Learn the difference between the two with help from Statewide Ford Lincoln!

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What is a Tire Balance?

Sometimes referred to as wheel balancing, a tire balance corrects the weight imbalance of your tire and wheel assemblies. Imperfections or damage to your tire or rim can throw your wheel out of balance, resulting in bumpy performance and vibrations in your steering wheel or seats, but regular tire balances can correct this! During a tire balance, our Ford technicians will mount your tires and wheels onto a balancing machine and spin them to determine the imbalance. Once measured, they will then install the proper tire weights to ensure a properly balanced wheel and tire assembly.

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What is a Wheel Alignment?

A wheel alignment, or tire alignment, involves adjusting your ride's suspension, which is the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. A car that is out of alignment will typically experience uneven or rapid tire wear as well as pulling or veering to the right or left while trying to drive in a straight line. Be sure to schedule a service appointment with our Lima area service center right away if you notice any of these symptoms.

Why are Regular Tire Balances and Wheel Alignments so Important?

Besides ensuring optimal driving conditions, tire balances and wheel alignments can prevent several tire and suspension-related problems, such as premature wear, and tear. You will also increase your safety and your vehicle's fuel economy as tire balances and wheel alignments straighten out your tires, effectively enhancing performance and handling, and will require less energy to keep your tires moving forward in a straight line.

Keep Your Vehicle In Line By Schedule Service Near Lima

If you notice a difference in your vehicle's performance, such as pulling or excessive bouncing, be sure to contact us at Statewide Ford Lincoln. Our team of Ford-certified technicians is more than equipped to service your ride and help you get back on the road as fast as possible.

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