How to Balance Tires
Getting maintenance is the best way to keep your car in good condition. That goes for everything from your oil and brake pads to your tires. Having your tires rotated is a very common part of maintenance, but what about balancing your tires?
To helps drivers in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley learn more about this procedure and why it’s so important, Land Rover Albuquerque explores how to balance tires. Be sure to contact us today with any questions!
How to Balance Tires
Tire balancing makes sure weight is evenly distributed around your tires. It starts by placing a tire on a machine that can measure the weight and show you were where any imbalances are.
There are two ways you can take care of this. One is to get a tire balancer. This scale works like a leveling tool. It has a small display in the center with a bubble inside to show you when it’s off balance. The other is to have a technician electronically measure it for you at a service center.
Either one of these methods can successfully balance your tires. Once you see which sides of the tire are top heavy, you or a technician can offset the extra weight by attaching small tire weights around the inner ring of the tire until the weight is evenly distributed on all sides.
Why Balance Tires?
Tires need maintenance just like any other part of your car. After you put enough time and miles on them, they start to wear down. That’s why tire rotation is part of your routine maintenance. Getting your tires rotated makes sure your tread wears evenly. Balancing your tires allows them to rotate properly so you can remain in control and steer the vehicle properly.
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How Often Should I Balance My Tires?
Your tires should be balanced after every routine tire rotation. While each vehicle has its own recommended maintenance schedule, usually you’ll be looking at getting your tires balanced every 7,500 miles.
If you aren’t sure if your tires were balanced recently, there are a few signs you can look out for. The most obvious one is shaking or vibrating while you drive. You’ll either be able to feel this through the steering wheel or throughout the body of the car. When the tires are off balance, the way they rotate and contact the road will be off, which prevents them from running smoothly.
Another way you can tell is if the tread on your tires looks off. If you just had your tires rotated, but the tread isn’t wearing evenly, that’s a pretty clear sign that your tires are off balance.
Tire & Service Center
If you need your tires balanced or a tire rotation, schedule service with Land Rover Albuquerque. Our service center helps drivers in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley by featuring a team of highly trained technicians. They can take care of all your routine maintenance and service, including finding and balancing the right set of tires for your vehicle.
To learn more about how to balance tires or have our technicians balance them for you, contact us or schedule service with us online.