Balancing means less wear on your tires, your suspension - and your back!
What it is: The weight of the wheel and tire should be balanced evenly around the axle. Even a tiny difference in balance - less than an ounce - can create vibration in a tire that's turning hundreds of times per minute. And when you multiply by 4 or more wheels, it adds up. Unbalanced tires put uneven pressure on the treads. Tires get too hot and wear unevenly. Imbalance can also strain the wheel bearings and suspension system. You're most likely to notice uneven wear on the tires. Many drivers also notice vibration over 40 mph, especially if the imbalanced tires are on the front.
Our technicians put the tire on a machine that measures balance. Then we place tiny offsetting weights at specific points around the tire. During typical use, it's a good idea to have your tires balanced when they're rotated, every 5,000-8,000 miles. And of course, any time a tire is replaced or patched.
Benefits: Balanced tires give you a smoother ride. Your tires will last longer, too.