Keep the Ride Smooth with Wheel Balance and Alignments in Austin

August 4th, 2016 by

When it comes to keeping your Kia going strong, regular service is a big part of it. You want your vehicle on the right track, and that means wheel balance and wheel alignments. They are two different services, but with each one, you’re able to ensure that your wheels are going to keep the ride smooth, and efficient.

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 schedule an appointment with our service center today here at Kia of South Austin in Austin, TX. Our team would be happy to answer any questions and even arrange a test drive in vehicles that interest you.

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