Maintaining the tire balance on your vehicle is critical to receiving satisfactory service from your tire investment. In addition to providing a smooth ride, balancing is a key component in tire wear. The focus of this article is to help you understand the balancing process and to know why it is important to keep your tires balanced throughout their tread life.
For those of you who think that tire balancing isn't that important, consider some industry trends that may help you rethink the issue. Perhaps the most compelling argument for precision balancing comes from an obvious fact: vehicles are being made lighter and lighter. The heavier cars of yesterday actually helped smooth out the ride by dampening many vibrations before the driver could feel them. The softer suspensions also had the same effect. Another factor is tire technology. Generally, more responsive tires with lower profiles (which send more road feedback to the driver) are being used in today's style- and performance-oriented market. As a result, the slightest imbalance (as little as half an ounce) can be felt in most modern vehicles. This is significantly less than the average of ten years ago. For those of you who have plus-sized your tires and wheels, balancing is even more critical.
Signs wheel balancing is necessary:
- Excessive vibration is the steering wheel at certain speeds
- Floorboard vibration when certain speeds are reached
- Cupped wear pattern in tire treads
Our expert technicians will:
- Inspect tread wear for signs of improper balance
- Mount wheels on a balancing machine
- Balance tires to eliminate or substantially reduce vibration
If you are experiencing extreme vibration in your vehicle’s handling, let our professionals provide you with experienced wheel balancing services. We will properly balance your tires and have you riding smoothly again in no time. Contact us today to set an appointment.
Why is wheel balancing necessary?
Wheel balancing is particularly important in today’s vehicles, which are being designed to be lighter weight. The heavier weight of older models actually helped smooth out the ride by suppressing vibrations before they were felt. Modern tire design is another factor that may lead to balance issues. Typically, more responsive tires with lower profiles are being used to answer the demand for style and performance. The slightest imbalance can be felt in most modern vehicles.