Tire Rotation and Balancing

The purpose of tire rotation is to ensure even wear of the tires, which will maximize the overall longevity of your tires. The purpose of balancing your tires is to reduce any vibrations which could be caused by a mismatch between a tire and the wheel. Skipping tire rotation and tire balancing services can reduce the life of your tires and could create dangerous driving conditions.

Tire Rotation

Tire Rotation

Many drivers neglect tire rotation as part of regular vehicle maintenance. Regular tire rotation will help prevent irregular and premature wear. During tire rotation, each tire and wheel is removed from your vehicle and moved to a different position to ensure that all tires wear evenly, which will help the tire last longer. It is recommended to perform tire rotation every 6 months or 6,000 – 8,000 miles. A healthy habit many people follow is to perform tire rotation with every other oil change. Regular tire rotation helps extend the life of the tires and improves performance.

Tire Balance

Tire balancing compensates for the weight of the tire and wheel assembly after the tire is mounted. A wheel is out of balance when one area is heavier or lighter than the rest. This will result in a “bouncing” or “wobbling”. An unbalanced tire can decrease tread wear, increase vibration and cause stress on your vehicle. The tires should be balanced whenever a tire is replaced either during repair or when new tires are purchased. Also, if a balance weight is removed or moved to a different position, the tires will need to be balanced.

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The Importance of Tire Balance

The amount of weight difference required to cause a vibration in the tire can be very small. Modern tire balancing machines are set to identify and correct vibrations caused by as little as ¼ ounce. This is an extremely small amount.

Even with a tiny force, when it is repeated rapidly while driving, it can cause serious damage to many components in and on your vehicle. One wheel can easily produce more than 14,000 of these tiny shakes in the course of an hour of drive time.

Now factor in the other wheels on your car, the hundreds of miles you drive every week, bumps in the road and so forth. You can see how the result from the slightest balance issue can quickly add up to millions of vibrations.

Not only do these vibrations cause the tires to wear, but because contact with a foreign object is not equally distributed, the tires will often wear unevenly. This uneven wearing of your tires will change the balanced condition that was originally established. It’s not likely that you will notice the change suddenly, unless there has been some form of unusual impact or exposure to harsh road conditions. However, if a tire is tested after being used for several months of driving, it’s not unusual for there to have been a sufficient change that would make a detectable difference.

Under normal driving conditions, it is recommended that you check the balance of your tires every time they are rotated (between 4,000 and 6,000 miles) and any time a tire repair was performed.

Tire balancing is a critical step to keeping your vehicle in proper mechanical condition. If you wait until there is a noticeable vibration or the balance issue can be felt in the steering wheel, it may have already caused a considerable amount of stress on your vehicle.

When to Have Tires Balanced

1. You should always have new tires balanced when they are installed.
2. Have your tires checked for proper balance whenever the tires are rotated. Usually at intervals of 4,000 to 6,000 miles.
3. After having a tire repaired, make sure the tire is balanced again to compensate for any weight change.

Tire Rotation and Balancing Experts in Montgomery

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