Why You Need Your Tires Balanced

Your tires need routine maintenance just like any other part of your car. Part of that means making sure they stay balanced. To help drivers in Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi get a safe and smooth ride, Pat Peck Honda looks at why you need your tires balanced.

Why You Need Your Tires Balanced

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There are two reasons why getting your tires balanced is an important tire maintenance procedure. The first is that it helps prevent wear and tear. By getting the weight of your tires evened out and on the same level, they’ll wear more evenly. This will also help you extend the life of your tires.

The other reason is comfort. When your tires are off balance, you’ll usually be able to feel vibrations in your steering wheel or driver’s seat when you’re driving at high speeds.

What Is Tire Balancing

Tire balancing can only be done by a trained technician in a fully capable tire and service center. First, they’ll remove your tires and wheels. Next, each one will get individually tested on a tire balancing machine.

This machine spins your tire and wheel and measures the weight that it distributes on your axle while you drive. While the tire is spinning, the machine will be able to detect any imbalance and locate where the added weight is. The technician will then add weight to the opposite side of the tire to balance it out.

Once they’ve balanced your tire, the technicians will remount your tire and wheel back onto your vehicle. They’ll repeat this process for each one of your wheels to make sure you end up with a smooth, comfortable ride on tires that will wear evenly.

When to Get Your Tires Balanced

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The clearest sign that your tires are off balance is if you feel vibrations when you’re driving at high speeds. Usually, you’ll feel them through your steering wheel or your driver’s seat when you’re driving on the highway.

Another thing to look out for is how your tire tread is wearing. While it’s always smart to inspect your tires for uneven tread, an unbalanced tire can create a unique cupping look, which means your tires are wearing down. If it looks like there’s wear spots every few inches in the middle of your tread, there’s a good chance you’ll need to have your tires balanced.

Getting your tires balanced is a part of routine maintenance, so you’ll need to get that taken care of every so often. While the way you drive can affect how balanced they are, it’s usually a good idea to get their weight checked every 5,000 miles.

Visit Our Service Center

Visit the service center at Pat Peck Honda to get all your tire balancing and maintenance taken care of. The highly trained team of technicians in our tire center can help you get a smooth ride around Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi.

If you’ve noticed any of the signs that your tires might be off balance, schedule service with us online. To learn more about why you need your tires balanced, contact us or visit our dealership.