Do you feel a vibration in your steering wheel at certain speeds? Do you feel a slight vibration under feet while accelerating? These are both signs that your vehicle is in need of having its tires balanced.
Over time, the shape of your tires will become distorted, causing inconsistencies in the rotation of the wheels.
Caused of reshaping tires:
· Hard braking, which will create a flat spot on the tire
· Poor construction of the tire
· Taking sharp turns
· Ice and Mud Build up
When rotation of your tire is not spinning evenly, wear and tear to your tires is going to be expedited. Not only will your tires start to break down, but it will also cause additional strain on your wheel bearings and suspension system.
Tire balancing should be performed on a regular basis; ideally every 5,000 – 6,000 miles.
Tires are to be balanced when you do/have the following:
· When tires are replaced
· When a tire receives a patch
· After installing new rims
Today’s vehicles are much easier to sense the need for a tire balance. In the past, cars were heavy and would weigh down the wobbling and vibration caused by imbalance. Today, vehicles are made much lighter and with lower profiles so that the driver can easily sense irregularities in the vehicle operation. Only a half-ounce of imbalance will cause issues for the vehicle and driver. With the design of newer vehicles, the slightest imbalance can be felt.
Having your tires serviced and balanced on a regular basis will result in the following:
· Smooth ride
· Maintain longevity of tires
· Maintain longevity of suspension
· The betterment of drive-train components
If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned signs, you may need to have your tires balanced. Schedule an appointment or visit your mechanic as soon as possible.
Need More Help?
If you are still unsure what if your tires are balanced, the service pros at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego are more than willing to assist you with all your tire service needs. Visit their Service Center at 5910 Mission Gorge RD San Diego, CA 92120 or call them at (888) 781-3388