Tire balancing sounds like one of those services someone made up just to charge you another fee. But it’s actually really important for your vehicle and for your tires. Here’s everything you need to know about tire balancing and how it helps your car to stay in good working order. If you have any other questions, United Diesel is here to answer them for you.
Balanced Tires Are a Necessity
Lots of folks think that balancing tires is an optional service, but it’s really necessary. Tires from the factory are balanced as well as possible, but there are other variables. The wheels themselves can be out of balance slightly, which definitely affects the entire assembly. In order to function properly, wheel assemblies need balancing.
Little Changes Affect Tire Balance
It’s amazing, but some of the smallest changes affect proper tire balance. As the tire wears over time, that’s enough to change the tire balance, even if nothing else changes. Tire pressure also has a huge impact on tire balance. If a weight falls off the wheel, you’re likely to notice changes in how the vehicle drives, too. All of those little changes add up and suddenly your wheels can be far more out of balance than you expect.
Balancing Extends the Life of the Tires
There are a lot of really great reasons to balance your tires, but probably the most important one is that balancing seriously extends the life of your tires. That’s true even if you only have them balanced once or twice over the life of the tires. Talk to your mechanic about how often you should ideally make sure that your wheels are balanced. As expensive as tires are, every little bit of increased lifespan you can eke out is vital.
Balancing Only Fixes So Much
It’s important to remember, though, that balancing your tires only corrects so much of what might be going on. If the vibration or the pulling you’re experiencing with your vehicle is not caused by unbalanced tires, then balancing is not going to fix the entirety of the problem. It might be necessary to have someone look at the vehicle and make sure there’s not something else going on.
United Diesel can find those other issues for you or help you out with tire balancing if that’s the source of the problem. We’re in Flowery Branch, GA, and you can contact us at 770-967-8333 to get set up with an appointment for your vehicle.