Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment

2022 Kia Seltos Wheel

Keeping up with Kia service is essential if you want your vehicle to perform at its best on the roads of Corona and Fontana. This includes Kia tire service like wheel alignment and balancing. While some drivers believe these terms are interchangeable, they are actually separate – and important – maintenance tasks. Riverside Kia explores the differences between wheel alignment and balancing in the guide below to help ensure your vehicle gets the Kia service it needs.



What is Wheel Balancing?

Wheel balancing should be performed on a regular basis because if you do a lot of driving, especially on rough terrain in San Bernardino, your wheels may no longer be balanced properly. Unbalanced tires start to wear unevenly because one part of the tire is heavier than the rest. If this is the case, you may notice shaking or vibration in your steering wheel. Wheel balance service minimizes tire bouncing, improves traction and control, and extends the life of your tires. When you have your tires rotated, which is usually every 5,000 miles or 6 months, it is also a good idea to have the wheels balanced.

What is Wheel Alignment?

Wheel alignment is a Kia tire service that is performed on an as-needed basis. During this service, the technician will make sure that the tires are perpendicular to the road and parallel to each other.

What happens when your wheels are not properly aligned? It can cause your tires to wear down prematurely and even cause steering issues. If you notice your vehicle is pulling to one side or drifting as you drive, it is probably time for a wheel alignment.

Wheel Balancing and Alignment Pricing

  • How much does wheel balancing cost? In general, the U.S. average for wheel balancing is between $40-$75. The cost varies based on your location and the shop you choose.
  • How much does wheel alignment cost? A front-end alignment can cost anywhere from $65-$100. If you plan to have all four wheels balanced, expect that figure to double.

Set Up an Appointment for Kia Tire Service Today

If you want your Kia tires to last for as long as possible (and who doesn’t?), set up an appointment for Kia tire service today. Our Kia service center is staffed with highly-skilled technicians who know the brand inside and out. You can feel completely confident that your vehicle is in excellent hands. Contact us today for more information.


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