How to Balance Tires

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The tires are some of the most important parts of a car, as they’re what grip the road to safely navigate your way around Lowell, Dracut, or Tewksbury. So, if there are any issues with the tires, they’ll need to be addressed right away.

One of those issues could be imbalanced tires, which may lead to bigger problems like faster and uneven tread wear and poor fuel economy. Therefore, you’ll want to have the tires balanced as soon as you can.

We’ll go over exactly how to balance tires and when this should be done. Then, you can always contact Ira Toyota of Tewksbury to get the job done by expert service technicians.

Steps to Balance Tires

Before balancing a tire, you want to make sure it’s in good condition. This means there should be no cracks on the sidewall, the tread depth should be at least 4/32 inch, and the rims should be good for the road.

Once the tires are good to go, you can begin tire balancing by following these steps:

  1. Remove the center caps on the wheel (if you have them), along with the old wheel weights from the last balancing. This is so you can get the most accurate results from the tire balancing machine.
  2. Mount the wheel onto the machine and make sure that the wheel is snug tight.
  3. Measure the height and width of the tire rim and enter those numbers into the machine.
  4. Optional step: Choose what type of vehicle the wheel will be going on so that the proper amount of road force is put on when tested.
  5. Enter proper tire pressure according to your car’s specifications (which can be found inside your owner’s manual or car door jamb).
  6. Press “Start” on the machine.
  7. Install the wheel weights.
  8. Rebalance the tire.
  9. After the machine says “OK,” you can take the wheel off the machine and install it onto your automobile.

When to Get Tires Balanced

The tires should be balanced every 4,000 to 6,000 miles, to ensure that they stay in top-quality condition.

However, there are a number of different signs that can indicate when this type of work is needed. If your tires are out of balance, you may feel irregular vibrations when traveling between 40 and 45 MPH, which could worsen the faster you go.

From those frequent vibrations, you may start to have issues with the bearings, shocks, and other parts of the suspension. This could happen from the partial loss of traction due to an imbalance. Plus, problems with the suspension could lead to tire cupping, which is when there are dips all over a tread edge.

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Imbalanced tires could also lead to increased fuel usage since they often lose partial traction with the road. How much fuel consumption there is depends on three things:

  • Severity of the imbalance
  • Type of tires
  • Speed

The greater the imbalance, and the faster you’re driving, the more fuel gets wasted. That’s why you’ll want to have tire balancing performed as soon as possible.

Schedule a Tire Balance Today

If your tires need to be balanced, the experts at Ira Toyota of Tewksbury can help. Our certified techs have years of experience performing this type of work on all kinds of vehicles. Plus, they have the necessary equipment and can get the job done in a timely fashion.

So, don’t wait. Contact us for service near Lowell, Dracut, or Tewksbury today!