Tire Balancing and Rotation
Lowell's Auto Repair Handles Tire Balancing and Rotation
Tire balancing and rotation are important maintenance procedures that help to ensure that your car’s tires wear evenly and last longer, while also improving the handling and safety of your vehicle.
Tire balancing involves adding small weights to the rim of a wheel to counterbalance any heavy spots that may cause vibrations or uneven wear. This is typically done using a special machine that spins the tire and wheel assembly to identify any imbalances, and then applies the appropriate weights to correct the balance.
Tire rotation, on the other hand, involves moving the tires from one position to another on your vehicle in a specific pattern. The goal of tire rotation is to promote even tire wear across all four tires, since front tires tend to wear differently from rear tires, and left tires tend to wear differently from right tires due to the way cars typically turn. By rotating your tires regularly, you can help ensure that they wear evenly, which can extend their lifespan and improve your car’s handling and performance.
It’s generally recommended that you have your tires balanced and rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles or at least once a year, although the specific recommendations may vary depending on your car and driving habits. It’s also important to check your tire pressure regularly, as underinflated or overinflated tires can cause uneven wear and reduce the lifespan of your tires.
Overall, tire balancing and rotation are important maintenance procedures that can help keep your car’s tires in good condition and improve your driving experience. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual or a professional mechanic for specific recommendations and instructions for your vehicle.
How do I know it's time?
There are several signs that may indicate it’s time to have your car’s tires balanced and rotated:
Vibrations: If you feel vibrations in your steering wheel, seat, or floorboard while driving, especially at higher speeds, it may be a sign that your tires are out of balance.
Uneven tire wear: If you notice that one or more of your tires are wearing unevenly, such as on one side or in the center, it may be a sign that your tires need to be rotated. This can also indicate alignment issues, so it’s important to have a professional inspect your tires to determine the cause of the uneven wear.
Steering pull: If your car tends to pull to one side while driving, it may be a sign that your tires are out of balance or that they need to be rotated.
Noisy tires: If you hear unusual noises, such as squealing, thumping, or humming, while driving, it may be a sign that your tires are out of balance or that they need to be rotated.
Mileage and time: It’s generally recommended to have your tires balanced and rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles or at least once a year, even if you don’t notice any specific issues. If it’s been a while since your last tire maintenance, it may be time to schedule an appointment with a professional.
If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to have your tires inspected and serviced as soon as possible to prevent further damage and ensure your safety on the road.