How to Balance Tires
Balancing your tires is a part of your vehicle's recommended routine maintenance. Properly balanced tires keep your vehicle running smoothly, providing you years of enjoyment.
Bohn Toyota created this helpful guide to help car owners in Harvey, New Orleans, and Metairie know how to balance tires. Read through this article thoroughly to learn about tire balancing, including why you should balance your tires and how often it should be done and contact us with any of your questions!
Getting Your Tires Balanced
When your tires are out of balance, it is best to go to a mechanic. Balancing tires requires the proper equipment and a thorough knowledge of the mechanical parts of a car. So, it is best to take your car to a service center so that they can provide you with a quality job. Properly balancing your tires ensures that you are not putting the lifespan of your tires at risk.
Why Balance Tires?
Tire imbalance occurs when the weight of a tire is unevenly distributed. When your tires are out of balance it can cause a rougher ride and jeopardize the integrity of your wheels. Imbalanced tires can lead to having to replace them sooner or risking a blowout. If a misbalanced tire is left alone for a while it can even cause damage to the wheel rims and suspension.
It is important to rebalance your tires at the proper intervals to ensure that your vehicle is being properly maintained.
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How Often Should I Balance My Tires?
It is recommended that you balance your tires every 3,000 to 6,000 miles depending on your driving habits. As your tire wears down from everyday stress, uneven roads, hard braking, and excessive cornering, it may throw your tires out of balance. While your tires are balanced whenever you get new ones, you should still regularly repeat this service to ensure they are in peak condition.
Signs Your Tires Are Out of Balance
In addition to balancing your tires at the regular intervals, there are some key signs that you should be looking out for.
When your tires are unbalanced you may feel a vibration that worsens with increased speed.
- Uneven Wear
If out of balance tires are left unmanaged for long enough it may cause patch-wear that wears in different spots around the circumference of them. If you are worried about uneven wear, check your tread or visit a service center for further assistance.
- Increased Fuel Usage
Out of balance tires typically lose traction leading to increased fuel consumption. The more out of balance the less fuel efficient your vehicle may become. Pay attention to your car's fuel usage and take note of any differences.
- Suspension Issues
Frequent vibration from unbalanced wheels can lead to problems with your car's suspension.
- Tire Runout
Tire runout means that your tires are not perfectly round which may indicate an imbalance. Visually monitor your tires often to ensure they are in proper shape.
If you are experiencing any of these issues, or anything out of the ordinary with your vehicle, bring it into Bohn Toyota so it can be inspected for any potential issues.
Where to Get Your Tires Balanced
Bohn Toyota is proud to offer car owners in Harvey, New Orleans, and Metairie an on-site service center. Our experienced technicians are trained on how to properly balance tires. Trust our service center to give your car the best treatment. Schedule a service appointment today!