When You Should Balance
Like most tire maintenance questions, there are several answers to how often you should balance your tires. First off, you should have your technician balance your tires whenever you take your car in for a tire rotation, which should be every 5,000 miles or so. You also want to balance your tires any time you get a flat repaired or you replace a tire.
However, you should also keep up with balancing if you start to notice some of the various symptoms your car may exhibit if your tires need balanced. If you feel a vibration in your steering wheel when driving on an otherwise smooth road, that is a good indication that your tires may have fallen out of balance.
Why Balance Tires?
When you get a set of brand-new tires, you may notice a small metal clip along the rim and wonder what it’s for. Well, that’s for balancing your tire. New tires don’t always have equal weight around the entire tire, so your tire technician will work to detect that imbalance while installing them new.
While your tire installation will start out perfectly balanced, it won’t stay that way. Road conditions, normal driving, and the unexpected pothole will work together over time to redistribute the weight improperly. This can lead to uneven tire wear, poor gas mileage, and the feeling of vibration as you drive.
What Happens During Balancing?
The tire technician will then add weighted clips to your tire along the rim in order to smooth out the ride. If that added weight doesn’t work, it may be an imbalance in your wheel, in which case the technician will remove the tire from the rim and reposition it. The vibration test is repeated on each tire until each one registers as balanced.
Our Tire Shop
Baierl Tires is conveniently located at each Baierl Service location, thus allowing a wider range of customers to benefit from our specials, discounts, and deals. If you’re a driver in the Pittsburgh, Wexford, and Cranberry Township areas, you need your car to experience the fullest out of its tires, which is why they need to be properly maintained. We can help with that—schedule service with us if you notice any of the signs we mentioned or if you think you may be due for other tire service. We look forward to seeing you!