Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment

Changing a wheel
Wheel balancing and wheel alignment are two very different things with one notable commonality: drivers tend to overlook how important it is to balance and align their wheels. Often, the wear and tear that occurs to your wheels is gradual, and you don’t even realize just how bumpy and uneven your drives around Grosse Pointe have become. Thankfully, the experts at Jeffrey Honda have all the information you need to make the road ahead silky smooth.

Wheel Balancing and Wheel Alignment: Not the Same

There’s a misconception that balancing and aligning your wheels are essentially the same procedure and fix the same problems. This is not true.

When to Balance Your Wheels

Tires aren’t perfectly balanced. Even brand new tires are unlikely to have perfect weight distribution all around them. If your tire is not balanced, your vehicle may vibrate at high speeds and your tires may wear out faster. Occasionally, the natural wear and tear caused to your car by the roads will put your wheels out of balance.

When to Align Your Tires

While tire balance is related to weight distribution, wheel alignment is related to the way your tires make contact with roads. If your wheels are aligned, that means they glide perpendicular to the streets of St. Clair Shores. Over time, tire tread can show inconsistent wear. Without regular alignments, your tires will no longer be perpendicular to the ground, and your car will handle poorly and consume more gas.

Wheel balancing

How to Fix Unbalanced and Unaligned Tires

If you feel like your car is vibrating unnecessarily, especially at higher speeds, you likely need to balance your wheels. This is done by clamping weights strategically around the insides of each wheel until the weight is distributed equally around all parts. Tires are attached to a spinning machine to find to suss out unnecessary vibrations and imbalances, with weights being clamped around the rim until the wheel spins smoothly.

Vibrating is also a symptom of unaligned tires. If your car pulls to the left or right as you drive, your tires have probably worn unevenly and need to be aligned. While your wheels should be perpendicular to the ground, uneven roads, potholes, and other factors can cause wheels to angle in the wrong direction. To fix this, mechanics will measure the camber, toe, and caster of each tire—the different directions your tires point. By changing the way your tires tilt to the inside, outside, front, and back, your car will drive smoother, retain air pressure, and conserve fuel.

We Do Wheel Balancing and Wheel Alignment at Jeffrey Honda

Your wheels should be balanced and aligned about every 7,000 miles, depending on the model, or every other oil change. The expert techs at Jeffrey Honda near Sterling Heights have the experience to handle these tasks with care. Reach out to schedule a service appointment today!

More From Jeffrey Honda

  • What are the 2020 Honda CR-V Colors?

    Grosse Pointe drivers in search of a capable SUV with a wealth of eye-popping color selections, both inside and out, can turn to the 2020 Honda CR-V. This efficient crossover offers an array of ten exterior colors ranging from refined to head-turning as well as three elegant interior color choices. With a large swath of distinct…

  • 2020 Honda Pilot Safety Rating

    If you’re looking for a reliable SUV to keep you safe as you make your way through Grosse Pointe and St. Clair Shores, then the 2020 Honda Pilot safety ratings are sure to impress. With an advanced collection of safety features and a design that’s built with safety in mind, this Honda SUV has everything you need to stay…

  • 2020 Honda Civic Interior

    Many Grosse Pointe and St. Clair Shores drivers looking for a great reliable sedan that has all the technology, safety, and amenity features you expect should check out the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan interior. No matter which trim level you have your eye on, there’s plenty of features to meet your needs. Step inside and take a closer…

Saved Vehicles ×


You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this link on your favorites:


Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Contact Us ×

(586) 571-8621

Call Now

30800 Gratiot Ave • Roseville, MI 48066

Get Directions

Today's Hours:

Open Today! Sales: 10am-3pm

Open Today! Service: 8am-3pm

Open Today! Parts: 8am-3pm

Jeffrey Honda

30800 Gratiot Ave Roseville, MI

Phone: (586) 571-8621



Phone: (586) 571-8195

30800 Gratiot Ave Roseville, MI


Phone: (586) 571-8621

30800 Gratiot Ave Roseville, MI


Phone: (586) 571-8573

30800 Gratiot Ave Roseville, MI

Body Shop

Phone: (586) 571-8632

30800 Gratiot Ave Roseville, MI
42.52294 -82.9182811
[schema type="organization" orgtype="LocalBusiness" url="www.jeffreyhonda.com" name="Jeffrey Honda" description="" street="30800 Gratiot Ave" city="Roseville" state="MI" postalcode="48066" country="United States" email="webleads@jeffreyauto.com" phone="(586) 571-8621" logo="https://www.jeffreyhonda.com/wp-content/themes/DealerInspireDealerTheme/images/logo.png"]
Jeffrey Honda
Jeffrey Honda
30800 Gratiot Ave
Roseville, MI, 48066 United States
(586) 571-8621
Jeffrey Honda 42.52294, -82.9182811.