My Honda CR-V had its wheel alignment and balancing done. It seems like car brakes are slightly slower than before. Could wheel alignment and balancing cause some change in brakes operation?
Firstly perception is very subjective. That said I didnt even notice my break system was very degraded, likely due to air in lines after installing new lines... so good thing to be careful.
But Strictly addressing your question, you said it was just aligned and balanced, and doing this does not effect braking at all let alone what you would notice.
speaking of poor front wheel alignment, I would estimate that you would be more likely to notice the effects on control and steering way before a it effected braking.
I would simply answer you question as No.
In my opinion poorly balanced wheels can effect your disc brakes. I have had my front tyres replaced and at speeds over 50mph you can feel the car vibrating. This in turn was causing the wheels to pull the discs different directions even if only minimal which caused them to rub against the pads. On a trip to work that was 30 miles you could smell and feel the heat caused from the constant rubbing against the pads that could lead to fading when I stopped. The tyre company that fitted them came back out and found my front offside 15g out and 35g on the nearside front. He didn’t think it would effect the brakes suggesting the discs had warped but having driven home with no vibrating, heat or smell I would disagree.
Unbalanced and unaligned wheels gives more rolling resistance, it should feel like engine break if it is bad enough, plus drifting to one side or another.
It also affect the braking negatively, because the tires are not in a continues friction position instead of rolling with minimal friction.
So the "feel" of the brake after adjustment should be:
- Effective braking (less ABS activation).
- Less effective breaking because the car is rolling better when you clutch.