Question: How do I know when I should get my tires rotated and balanced?
Express Car Care Answer: The interval for tire rotation could depend on a recommendation from either the tire manufacturer or the vehicle manufacturer. The background question for drivers is “why do tires need to be rotated?”
Front tires wear differently than the rear tires because steering wears the shoulders faster up front. Rotating the position of the tires allows for more even wear among all the tires. The suspension set-up on certain vehicles may also affect the relative wear between the front and rear tires. There are several tire rotation patterns and your knowledgeable Express Car Care professional will make sure that you get the correct pattern for your particular vehicle.
Wheels and tires are not perfectly balanced due to slight variations in the manufacturing process and the placement of tire pressure monitoring sensors. So weights are strategically placed on the wheel to ensure that the tire spins true. When a wheel is out of balance it is essentially bouncing thousands of extra times as you drive. This can result in an uncomfortable vibration for drivers in the steering wheel or through the seat. An unbalanced tire will also wear more quickly and it’s also punishing on your shocks and struts.
Drivers should have their wheel balanced if they detect a vibration or uneven wear. A wheel balance check every year is a good idea. Because tires cost so much in our area, it’s a great idea to do everything you can do to make them last as long as possible. Proper inflation, regular tire rotation and balancing are the keys to long tire life. The team at Express Car Care can check your tires for signs of uneven wear and diagnose and correct the problem.