Gene Messer Kia Outlines the Importance of Wheel Balance and Alignments

August 3rd, 2016 by

With your new Kia, you want to experience the smooth ride just as if it were from the day you got it. To ensure that’s a possibility, you have to maintain your regular and routine service here in our Lubbock, TX service center, and have wheel balance and wheel alignments.

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

If you’d like to learn more or want to schedule an appointment with us, feel free to contact us online, or stop in to Gene Messer Kia, as we’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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