Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment

Mechanic with tire bannerMaintaining your Nissan vehicle’s wheels and tires is an essential part of your regular maintenance schedule. But what exactly do you need to do with wheels and tires? Well, as it pertains to wheels, you’ll need to get them balanced and aligned regularly. Just what is the difference between wheel alignment and balancing, and how do you know when it’s time for one of these services? Find all that and more out now with the help of the Ryan Nissan service team! Don’t be afraid to contact us with questions!

What is Wheel Balancing?

Over time, wheels lose their balance as you drive over uneven surfaces, patchy pavement, and more. Hard cornering and regular use can also take your wheels out of balance. When this happens, it can cause you to experience symptoms like a shaking or vibrating steering wheel.

Having your wheels balanced regularly ensures your vehicle provides a smoother ride by lessening tire bouncing, improving traction and control, and extending the life of your tires. How often should you get your wheels balanced? Every time you get your tires rotated, which you should have done every 5,000 to 6,0000 miles or every six months (or at the same time as oil changes), is an excellent guideline to follow.

What is Wheel Alignment?

Wheel alignment should be done as needed but doesn’t necessarily need to be part of your routine maintenance. Getting your wheels aligned is sometimes referred to as a front-end alignment and ensures that your wheels all track perpendicular to the road and parallel to each other.

What happens when wheels get out of alignment? Excessive, uneven tread wear and tear on your tires, not to mention steering issues, can occur. Your vehicle also will often pull to one side or another, causing you to drift into other lanes. Accordingly, it’s essential to have your wheel alignment checked once you suspect there may be an issue at play.

Wheel Balancing & Wheel Alignment: Comparing Costs

How Much Does Wheel Balancing Cost?

Depending on where you’re located, near Williston or Watford City and the specific Nissan vehicle you drive, service costs for both wheel balancing and alignment can vary. In general, the U.S. average for wheel balancing is between $40-$75.

How Much Does a Wheel Alignment Cost?

A front-end alignment, AKA a wheel alignment, usually costs between $65-$100, or sometimes more depending on the vehicle you drive and what kind of shape it’s in. If you’re getting all four wheels aligned, though, it may cost about double that amount.

The Ryan Nissan Service Center Is Here to Help!

We’re here to help you with all your questions about wheel balancing vs. wheel alignment, not to mention all your other service-related FAQs like “how do I program my Nissan key fob?” or even “why does my car shake when braking?”. In short, we’re here to provide you with all the service tips you need to make the most of maintaining and servicing your vehicle.

Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment: Which One Do You Need?

Now that you’ve had a chance to explore wheel balancing vs. wheel alignment a little more closely, we hope that you have a better idea of which service is required when. Which one is right for you, given your current maintenance needs? If in doubt at all, just contact our service team with questions, and we’ll be happy to help!

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