Have you noticed that the wheels of your vehicle usually have uneven wear patterns? Or the vibrations in your car are much higher than usual? The reason could be that your tires are not balanced properly or you could have an issue with your wheel alignment. Although these two issues usually come up together & are sometimes considered synonymous by laymen, they are in fact very different from each other and require two completely different types of fixes. Wheel alignment is when you have a problem with the angles of your tires and tire unbalancing issues are caused by unequal weight distribution in the tires.
What Causes Issues With Tire Balancing?
Over time as you drive, due to uneven tire wear and uneven thread wear the weight distribution in the tire changes. The unusual weight distribution leads to even more thread wear and faster wearing out of the tires. The first things you’ll notice however is the jarring vibrations across the car.
How Do I Balance My Tires?
Unfortunately balancing tires is not something you can do at home. It requires a lot of sophisticated machinery that night not even be available at your everyday auto service station at Calgary. Here are all the steps that go into balancing your tires:
– Safely removing your tires
– Using a state of the art balancing machine
– Using the machine to detect imbalance in the tires
– Spinning the tires around the axel to check proper balance across the tire
– Attaching lead weights to ensure proper balance around the tires
– Safely attaching the tires back onto the car once the wheels are properly balanced for the best driving experience
Why Is Wheel Balancing So Important?
Even with everyday driving wheel distribution around the tires can go absolutely haywire. Ensuring you balance your wheels will make sure that you don’t feel unnecessary vibrations across the car. The vibrations are mostly felt on the steering wheel, floorboard, and seat.
How often do you need to balance your wheels?
Ideally, you should have your tires balanced every 6 months or every 5000-10000 kms whichever comes first. Tires from a reputed company usually don’t cause you too much trouble which is why they’re always recommended. Having said that, if you do feel some unusual vibrations in your steering wheel, seat, or the floorboard of your vehicle then you definitely need to get your tires checked for balance.
Like we’ve mentioned above wheel balancing in Calgary isn’t something that you can do at home by yourself. It requires the use of a machine that might not be readily available to you. Even if you manage to get the machine the technical know-how about the right weight distribution on your car tires is something that could take months to master. It’s best left to the experts like the professional auto repairmen at The Car Salon in Calgary. If you’re ever having trouble with your tires or anything to do with your car, don’t hesitate to give us a call.