How do I know if I need to do a tire balancing or a car aligment in my car?

I have notice that when I accelerate at a certain speed the car wheel begins to vibrate and so as the floor of the car and part of it. I also notice that one of the tires to be more specific the front passenger tire is already worning out. The rest are doing fine.
My car has an automatic transmission.
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You will need to have the right axle and bearing checked. It sounds like an axle causing the vibration, but they usually do not cause a tire to wear out. The tire will wear from a bad bearing, strut, or a ball joint being worn out causing the alignment to be out. Have the entire front suspension inspected by a mechanic to see if you may have more than one problem.

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The common symptoms of an out-of-balance wheel-tire assembly are uneven and faster tread wear, poor fuel economy, or vibration in the steering wheel and/or floorboard that gets worse at faster speeds. When all areas of the wheel-tire assembly are as equal in weight as possible, the tire will roll smoothly.
Incorrect wheel alignment conditions affect tire wear and can cause drifting and/or pulling during cruise, acceleration and braking, plus poor directional control.
First, find a smooth, flat, and straight stretch of road. Next, drive with a loose grip on the wheel so that you can tell if the car is pulling either way without you steering. While you are driving, listen closely to see if you can hear any scraping, whining, or grinding sounds because those could indicate a problem.
While both services contribute to a smoother ride, tire balancing and wheel alignment are not the same services. A tire balance corrects the weight imbalance on your tire and wheel assemblies, while an alignment corrects the angles of the tires so they always come in contact with the road in the right way.
Many drivers will use the phrases “tire balance” and “wheel alignment” interchangeably. They certainly sound similar, and they are both essential to maintaining your vehicle. However, they are two different procedures, and you need to seek both regularly so you can always rely on your car.
In the tire factory, the tire and wheel are mounted on a balancing machine test wheel, the assembly is rotated at 100 RPM (10 to 15 mph with recent high sensitivity sensors) or higher, 300 RPM (55 to 60 mph with typical low sensitivity sensors), and forces of unbalance are measured by sensors.
Unbalanced tires affect your traction, braking, steering, acceleration, and much more. If your tires are unbalanced, it also causes your suspension to wear out like you are always driving over potholes.
An acceleration problem is usually the result of insufficient fuel, air, or spark during the combustion process. Worn-out spark plugs or the electrical cables attached to them are one of the most common causes of cars stuttering.
If your car tyres are worn or damaged in any way, it affects braking, acceleration, traction, handling, steering and comfort.
Not only can poor wheel alignment accelerate tire wear, it can reduce your fuel efficiency, make wheels work against each other, place strain on suspension components, and impede braking ability. When your vehicle is out of alignment, it effects your entire vehicle and may put your safety at risk.
An alignment improves vehicle safety by keeping the right amount of the tire in contact with the road and preventing your vehicle from pulling to the left or right. A properly aligned vehicle has a smoother ride and optimal gas mileage. Keeping the wheels aligned also extends tire life.
Proper alignment on your vehicle will result in a smoother ride, better handling, increased fuel efficiency, and your tires will last much longer.
Even if your car is properly aligned, tires still need to be rotated for optimal wear performance and maintenance. Rotation counteracts the uneven wear characteristics of each wheel position on the vehicle.
Alignment refers to an adjustment of a vehicle`s suspension – the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. It is not an adjustment of the tires or wheels themselves. The key to proper alignment is adjusting the angles of the tires which affects how they make contact with the road.
Shaking from tires that are out of balance is likely to start when you`re going around 50 miles per hour or faster, though it may start to become less noticeable again at higher speeds.
Under normal circumstances, a wheel alignment will take an average of one hour, whether it`s a two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive vehicle. If there`s too much wear and tear or damage on the suspension system, steering bushing, track rod, or other parts, it`ll take a longer time as some components have to be replaced.
Typically, it is recommended to get your wheels aligned every 2 to 3 years. However, to ensure the optimal safety of your car, yourself and others around you, it is best to opt for a wheel alignment every time you go to change your oil of the vehicle.
The general rule of thumb for scheduling a wheel alignment is every 6,000 miles. If you wait too long, your tires can start to wear unevenly. Tire alignment can be affected if the tires shift even a tenth of a degree or hundredth of an inch.
Uneven wear is a leading cause of tire noises because contact between the road and uneven tires isn`t uniform. The unbalanced tread depths cause tires to emit loud noises while driving. Usually, you`ll hear sounds caused by uneven wear coming from one tire. Alignment issues can also cause tire noises.
The more you accelerate, the more the whirring increases. It`s time to get your car in for a checkup! There might be a number of reasons for this, including a bad water pump, low levels of power steering fluid, and a bad air conditioner compressor.
Misaligned tyres can cause the car to vibrate when driving at high speeds, usually between 50 to 75 mph. Hitting a kerb or driving over a pothole can throw your wheels out of alignment which, in turn, can cause your vehicle to vibrate.
If your wheels are misaligned, your car will usually “drift” when you take your hands off the wheel, and the steering wheel itself may vibrate or shake. This is a pretty easy fix – just take your car in for an alignment, and the problem will be resolved.
It is responsible for how quickly the car can accelerate and helps you go from 0-60 mph in a matter of seconds. The up-and-down motion of the pistons in your engine produces force. The force is then transferred to your wheels which in turn causes the car to go.
This hesitation while accelerating can be the result of a number of issues, including something like a clogged fuel filter or even a broken fuel pump. Sometimes, something could also be wrong with the transmission.

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How do I know if I need to do a tire balancing or a car aligment in my car?
ANSWER : You will need to have the right axle and bearing checked. It sounds like an axle causing the vibration, but they usually do not cause a tire to wear out. The tire will wear from a bad bearing, strut, or a ball joint being worn out causing the alignment to be out. Have the entire front suspension inspected by a mechanic to see if you may have more than one problem.

Advice for winter tires
ANSWER : 205/55R17 may be too tall for your vehicle. A couple of good sources to check size compatibility for your vehicle would be tirerack.com or maybe discounttire.com. Sites like Tire Rack specialize in winter tire packages and is a good source for fitment options. I have personally used Bridgestone and Dunlop snow tires and would recommend either. However, it is highly recommended that winter tires be mounted at all 4 corners. Having different tires with different capabilities not only makes the vehicle unstable, it will effect systems like the anti-lock brakes and traction control. Winter tires perform much better than summer or all-season tires do in ice and snow conditions. Having two tires with good winter traction and two with poor traction will have the anti-lock brake system working overtime. Also, sticking with a smaller tire for winter use is advisable. For ice and snow driving, you want the opposite for summer driving. Wide, low profile tires improve warm, dry weather driving. Tall, narrow, tires provide better control on snow and ice. Consider keeping your stock 16 inch wheels for winter use with winter tires mounted on them and maybe a nice set of 17 inch wheels and tires for summer use. I’ve done that with nearly every vehicle I’ve owned whether front, rear, or all-wheel drive.

I put the wrong key in my car and a few weeks later my car just shut down and it will not start I believe it’s the computer but…
ANSWER : Hi there. What had happened is the wrong key set the security to the vehicle. This is to prevent the vehicle from starting with the wrong keys. Try removing the battery cables (+) and (-) for 13 minutes. During that time, put the original key in the ignition and turn it on. Activate everything in the car even though there is no power. Then remove the key and hook up the battery cables. The computer should have reset and reset the security. If the security is still being tripped, then I recommend seeking out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you

Car pulls to the right after tire rotation
ANSWER : Hello. On your 2002 Mercedes Benz SLK320, all of the tires have to have the same tread design an the same amount of tread. Any variations will cause the computer to not read the sensors correctly which will cause these issues. You need to purchase two more tires that are the same as the new ones, and install the tires to replace the other two tires. If you want to have this looked at before replacing the tires, a local expert from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose your car’s pulling issue.

I need to know the tempature difference inside a car (car turned off and windows are up) and outside a car during the summer
ANSWER : Hi, thanks for your question. I’d be happy to provide my insight. You may notice as much as a 40 or 50 degree (Fahrenheit) increase from the inside and outside the car in the summer. You can try and put an oven thermometer in the car and see how hot your car gets. This is why the AC takes a while to cool the inside of the car. The color of the car and interior color and material will also make a difference on how hot it gets. Here is also an article by us on how to quickly cool down a car on a hot day. Hope this helps and best of luck!

After a recent tire change and feeling a "floating" feeling, would a tire balance or tire alignment be more appropriate?
ANSWER : When you mention a "floating" feeling, the first thing that pops into my mind is that the tire pressure may be low. A low tire makes the car wander as though it doesn’t really know where you’re pointing it. As for the shaking, it may be something you can solve by having the tires balanced, or it may be that the tires are not round and true. Buying used tires is always a roll of the dice. Sometimes you save some money, but other times you have to deal with problems that you did not expect. If you are not sure what to look for when inspecting your tires, YourMechanic can send a technician to your home to inspect your tires.

I need new struts but do not know if I need specific struts because my car is on lowering springs.
ANSWER : Shocks and struts are vehicle specific. They’re designed to operate within a certain range of travel. When you mix lowering springs – especially those that lower the car a couple of inches – with stock shocks and struts, the ride can be really rough and their life can be shortened. If you plan on keeping the lowering springs but replacing the struts only, you may want to check with vendors that sell the brand springs on the car as to their recommended struts to be paired with them.

If you decide to enlist some help for getting this fixed, I’d suggest having the car looked at by a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic. They will be able to assess you car in person and assist you with the proper replacement of your strut assembly. Best of luck.

When I turn on my AC the radiator fans do not turn on. The fans do come on when the car warms up so I know they are working and the fuses are good. The AC compressor does come on and the air blows ice cold when the car is moving. Car is a 2006 Chrysler Sebring Sedan 2.7l v6.
ANSWER : The control circuit for the fans needs to be checked. For example, there is usually a condenser fan relay in the A/C electrical controls. There could be a fault with that relay and/or wiring problems, perhaps even just a loose connection, blown or loose fuse, and so forth. To resolve something like this, the recommended service is an electrical component diagnostic. If you request that diagnostic service, the responding certified mechanic will get the problem pinpointed and resolved. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.