What Is Tire Balancing and Why Is It Important?

Tire Balancing Mechanic

Tire balancing is an important part of your truck or car maintenance regimen. However, it’s not something you usually think about until it’s time to rotate or replace your tires. Crossroads Ford Lincoln explains what tire balancing is and why it’s essential to your car or truck.

What is tire balancing?

Tire balancing is when an automotive technician removes all four tires from your vehicle and tests them for weight distribution. Each wheel has weights attached to them, either hammered onto the rim or attached to the inner part of the wheel like a peel-off sticker. Over time, each of your four tires loses tread due to wear. When this happens, your tires may become unbalanced due to more wear in some places versus others.

How do techs balance tires?

Technicians put wheels on a tire balancing machine that spins them around at 10 to 15 miles per hour. The machine measures and senses the weight distribution as it spins. Any abnormalities in the weight distribution mean the tech adds small weights, often in ¼-ounce increments, to the wheel. The auto mechanic usually puts these weights on the opposite side where the imbalance occurs. The tech then re-tests the tires after adding weight.

How often should you get tire balancing done?

Manufacturers recommend taking your car or truck in for tire balancing every 5,000 to 6,000 miles. Mechanics suggest getting your tires balanced at the same time you get them rotated. You should also bring your vehicle for maintenance if you feel your steering wheel vibrate at high speeds, notice vibrations in your seat at fast speeds, or see scalloped or cupped wear patterns on your tires.

Why is tire balancing important?

Tire balancing is crucial because it can affect how your vehicle drives on the road. Balancing all four wheels reduces wear on your tires, creates a smoother ride, and makes your drive train perform better. Any problems with your tires can reduce your fuel efficiency, increase the chances of hydroplaning in wet weather, and make your car less maneuverable. Tire balancing can keep your family safer.

Bring Your Car or Truck to Crossroads Ford Lincoln

Bring your vehicle to Crossroads Ford Lincoln for tire balancing, transmission service, an oil change, or a tune-up. Our world-class service department can have your car or truck back on the road in no time. Give us a call at (502) 695-1990 or contact us online today to schedule a maintenance appointment.


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