Why should you balance your tires?
IMPORTANCE OF TIRE BALANCING
Tire Balancing is very basic and important maintenance that should be done regularly. Most drivers balance their tires when vibration is noticed in the vehicles steering wheel. Benefits in tire balancing increases tread life and maximize tire performance, which reduces the chances of irregular or uneven tire tread wear. It’s recommended that this is performed every time a routine oil change is done, with oil changes now being recommended approximately every 5,ooo miles.
Significant benefits for present-day vehicles consist of more composite materials in their construction and, therefore, weigh less than previous generations of vehicles. In the past, the heavier designed vehicles actually generated a smoother ride by dampening vibrations before they affected the driver. In today’s new lighter designed vehicles that isn’t the case. Now consumers are veering toward more responsive tires with lower profiles. These stylish performance tires often feature narrower sidewalls that lack the mass to resist imbalances and vibrations. The plus-sized tires and wheels popular among today’s drivers have an even greater sensitivity to imbalances.
Present day vehicles and tires are more susceptible to imbalances. Half an ounce of an uneven weight may cause a driver to experience the slightest vibration. If you notice a vibration in your steering wheel, seat, or floorboard while driving at highway speeds this may be a sign that your vehicle may require tire balancing. Not having the proper tire balance may also result in irregular tire tread wear.