Tire balancing is one of those recommended services in a vehicle’s owner manual that is often overlooked and sometimes confused with wheel alignment. But balancing tires is an important service for improving vehicle performance and getting the longest possible life out of your tires.
A Smooth Ride
Balancing tires assures proper weight distribution around the vehicle, and is different from wheel alignment, which involves the angle of the wheels and their relation to the ground.
The best time to get a balance is when your tires are being rotated. This is (1) for convenience and (2) because you might have a tire out of balance on the front of your vehicle and won’t realize it until it’s been moved to the back.
How An Imbalance Occurs
Tires lose balance through the natural wear and tear of daily driving. If your vehicle experiences a lot of sudden stops, frequent city driving, and sudden slamming on the breaks, your tires can become imbalanced quicker than “usual”, which is typically around every 5,000-6,000 miles.
Spotting the Warning Signs
Some telltale signs you should take your vehicle in for a tire balance include:
- Vibration in the steering wheel, floorboard, or seat
- You notice uneven tire wear
- You’re experiencing poor fuel economy for your vehicle
- You just purchased new tires
If you’re experiencing any of the signs above, or if you’re near the 5,000-mile mark since your last rotation, we recommend stopping by your local K&W Tire Store. Our teams are experts at balancing tires and preventative auto maintenance.
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