Importance of Tire Balance & Rotation

5 Benefits of Regular Tire Balancing

1. Balanced Tires Give You a Smoother Ride

The biggest, or at least most noticeable, benefit of balancing your tires is that your car will ride smoother. When the weight on your tires goes out of balance, you may start to notice vibrations in your vehicle. These vibrations are particularly evident when you reach highway speeds (often above 80 kms per hour).

If you notice your steering wheel shaking when you’re on the highway, it’s a sure-fire sign you need to balance your tires. Balancing your tires cuts down or eliminates these vibrations entirely, giving you a much smoother ride.

2. Balanced Tires = Better Gas Mileage

Balancing your tires can also improve your gas mileage. Your tires can’t drive evenly if they are not balanced. An uneven ride can make your tires wear down at different rates, reducing your overall gas mileage.

Just like maintaining your tire pressure improves gas mileage, so does balancing your tires. By ensuring weight is evenly distributed across your tires, you can prevent wear that can reduce your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, saving you money.

3. Extend the Life of Your Tires

We just explained how unbalanced tires wear down unevenly. So, it should come as no surprise that uneven wear and tear can also reduce the life of your tires. When your tires are out-of-balance, the excessive vibrations and uneven tread wear can cause some tires to wear out faster.

4. Protect Your Vehicle’s Suspension

Unbalanced tires can also impact your vehicle’s suspension. Over time, the vibrations resulting from your out-balance-tires will keep getting worse. These vibrations can ultimately impact your car’s suspension. While balancing your tires is usually a quick job costing less than $100, ignoring the problem can lead to much more expensive repairs down the line.

5. A Safer Ride

The most important benefit of balancing your tires is that it improves the safety of your vehicle. When tires are unbalanced, they can develop dangerous bald spots and uneven tread wear. This can make it more difficult to control your vehicle’s steering, especially at high speeds. Regular preventative maintenance like tire balancing goes a long way to ensuring your vehicle is always in top shape.
 

How Long do Tires Stay Balanced?

The best thing to do when balancing your tires is to not wait until it’s too late. A good rule of thumb is to balance your tires every 5000-8000kms or six months, whichever comes first. You can also have your tires balanced every time you change your oil.

Aside from regular maintenance, we recommend you watch for the following warning signs and follow this advice to have your tires balanced:

  • Steering wheel shakes at high speeds
  • Chassis is vibrating unusually
  • You’ve hit a big bump or experienced “curb service”
  • Bald spots and other signs wear appear unevenly
  • Lower gas mileage than usual

 

5 Benefits of Regular Tire Rotation

1. Even Wearing of Tires.

Obviously, driving will wear tires but even tread wear across all four tires at a minimal pace is preferred. Maintiaing consistent tread wear across all four tires can ensure a smooth and safe ride, as well as prolong tire life. This is especially important for all-wheel and 4-wheel drive vehicles.

2. Uniform Tread Wear. 

Tires tread that wears on the inner or outer edges faster than normal can lead to a blowout and more frequent tire replacement.

3. Improved Vehicle Handling.

One of the main benefits of regularly rotating your tires is that your car will perform better. If you wait too long to get your tires rotated, there is a good chance that you will notice your tires cause vibrations, not handle as well during inclement weather, and possibly cause misalignment with your front end. 

4. Keep Your Tire Warranty.

All tires come with a warranty covering the number of miles they should last. This warranty may also cover road hazards, which can be especially important if you drive on roads with abundant debris. Finally, this warranty can protect you from manufacturer defects and the material used. To make sure your warranty stays valid, rotate them regularly as ooutlined in your warranty paperwork.

5. Protects Other Vehicle Suspension Components.

Excess vibration or uneven tire wear can cause fatigue and premature failure of suspension and drivetrain parts. 

Tire Rotation and Balancing Is Critical

Too often people don’t spend the money needed to get their tires rotated and balanced. This should be done approximately every 8000 kms. What people often don’t realize is it will extend the life of your tires and help maintain manufacturer warranty. Sometimes you can double the tire life just by adding this to your routine maintenance schedule. It will help keep tread wear even, especially on front-wheel drive cars. It’s recommended to use a licensed automotive repair facility since some vehicles have different rules of rotating. Also, most shops will do a free brake inspection for you and give you the amount of brake wear since they’ve already got the wheels off anyway.

 

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