What to Know About Tire Balancing

Have you ever been curious about tire balancing and what it does for your vehicle? Tire balancing is a simple service typically done in unison with tire replacement, repair, or rotation. There are various reasons why balancing your tires is essential to the health of your vehicle and tires. Please continue reading to learn more about it!

What Is Tire Balancing?

Tire balancing fixes uneven weight distribution on your vehicle’s tires. Wheels that aren’t balanced can cause vibrations, excessive tire wear, damage to the suspension, and other issues. Tire balancing is done for various reasons:

  • Prevent more wear and tear on your tires
  • Prevent strain on the drive train
  • Reduce noises and vibrations
  • Create a smoother ride
  • Improve gas mileage

How Is Tire Balancing Done?

Tires can be manually balanced if you know what you’re doing. Machine balancers are best for ease and precision in properly balancing your tires. An expert technician mounts the wheel/tire assembly onto the balancer’s spindle through the center bore, and a metal cone is inserted to ensure the wheel is perfectly centered. The machine spins the assembly at a very high speed to determine the amount of imbalance. Using that information, the technician installs the correct wheel weights to balance the wheel and tire properly.

When Should I Get My Tires Balanced?

You may need your tires balanced if your tires are unevenly worn, or you feel a vibration in the steering wheel, floorboard, or seat. Generally speaking, your vehicle’s tires should be rotated and balanced every 3,000 to 6,000 miles, or as your manufacturer recommends.

You can determine which wheels need to be balanced depending on where your vehicle is vibrating. If you feel vibrations in the steering wheel, your front wheels may need to be balanced. If you feel vibrations in your seats, your rear wheels may need to be balanced.

How Do Tires Get Out Of Balance?

Uneven tire wear or wheel weight loss after an impact is often the most common culprit. You may also need tire balancing if you have left your vehicle parked for a long time without moving it, causing flat spots on the tread’s contact patch that might lead to vibration at road speeds.

Important Things To Know:

  • Balancing is necessary: Weight imbalances are unavoidable.
  • Balancing changes over time: As the tire wears, the balance will slowly change. Most quality tire shops will want to rebalance tires when they are rotated or when swapping winter tires for summer tires and vice versa.
  • Balancing only fixes imbalances: Balancing will not prevent vibrations from physical wheel and tire damage. Balancing tires will only fix weight differences.

We Can Help You!

One Hour Tires offers various mobile tire services, including mounting and balancing! We use state-of-the-art equipment to balance each wheel while locating and removing potential imbalances during our service. We pride ourselves on helping our customers without them leaving the comfort of their homes or helping them wherever they are in an emergency. If you need mobile tire repair or replacement services, call us today!

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