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Importance of Wheel Alignment and Tire Balancing



Tire Balancing

Properly balanced tires help minimize uneven wear and extend their life. When tires are balanced, small weights are attached to the wheels to limit vibration of the tire and wheels as they turn. Newly installed tires should be balanced, and thereafter whenever a vibration is noticed. Balancing is also called for whenever a tire is removed from the wheel, for example to repair a puncture.

 

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Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment is the measurement of the position of the wheels compared to specifications that the vehicle manufacturers recommend. Each vehicle has specific wheel alignment settings. If any alignment measurement falls outside the specified range, uneven tire wear can result, vehicle handling may be affected and fuel economy can be diminished.

 

You should have the wheel alignment checked and adjusted when new tires are installed, and thereafter any time when unusual steering characteristics are observed. A vehicle’s wheels are properly aligned when the car will drive down the road in a straight line without drifting or pulling to either side. A drift or pull can be caused by problems other than just alignment, so a thorough inspection should be performed by a qualified shop to determine the exact nature of the problem before an alignment is performed.

 

Spending a few minutes with your tires every month can help protect your family, improve your vehicle’s performance, and lengthen the life of your tires.

 

Wheel alignment is important to the health of your car or truck. If you hit a massive pothole, you might bump your suspension out of the carefully calculated locations that the components have been set. All of the elements that make your car go straight are called “alignment.” Some shops try to make it seem like rocket science, but wheel alignment is a fairly straightforward affair.

 

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Here are some common signs that you are dealing with wheels with poor alignment:
  • Vehicle pulling to the left or right.
  • Uneven or rapid tire wear.
  • Your steering wheel is crooked when driving straight.
  • Squealing tires.

 

On your vehicle, though, out-of-whack wheels mean more than a mere annoyance.

 

Poor alignment creates higher rolling resistance. Higher rolling resistance means greater wear on the tires and lower fuel economy.

 

With the price of gasoline nowadays, can you really afford to bleed off more miles per gallon than absolutely necessary? To get the highest gas mileage, as well as the longest tire life and best ride and handling from your vehicle, you need to recognize when you need a wheel alignment.

 

AAA suggests having the alignment checked, whenever you have your tires rotated or at least once a year. The roads we have around here aren’t in the greatest condition, and that can throw the alignment off sooner than you think. Slamming into a pothole or butting a tire hard into the curb while trying to parallel park is usually all it takes.


 

 

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The Importance of Tire Rotation for Your Vehicles

 

 

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Rotating your tires as part of your regularly scheduled vehicle maintenance has many benefits. It helps to maintain an even amount of tread wear on all 4 tires. That prolongs the life of your tires, leads to improved gas mileage and a smoother more comfortable ride.

 

Regularly rotating your tires can also prolong the life of your vehicle’s suspension components by reducing vibrations. Since you need to remove the wheels to rotate your tires, you get the opportunity to look over the undercarriage components and catch any problems in the very early stages which can save you money down the road. Also, many tire manufacturers require regular tire rotation in order to keep the mileage warranty valid.

 

A good rule of thumb is to rotate your tires at the same intervals you get your oil changed whether your tires show uneven wear signs or not. While this is a good recommendation, you should always follow the guidelines in your vehicle’s owner manual for timing as well as the best rotation pattern for your vehicle and type of tires.

 

Uneven tire wear

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Uneven tire wear is the most common sign that you may need your tires rotated. You can check this by measuring the tread depth in multiple spots on each tire. If the measurements are drastically differently, your tires are wearing unevenly. Tread feathering is one of the most common wear pattern when tires are not properly rotated. You can feel “feathering” by running your hand along the tire tread. The tread blocks will have rounded edges on one side and sharp edges on the other. It is important to keep in mind that rotating your tires will not correct wear problems due to worn mechanical parts, incorrect inflation pressures or alignment problems.

 

Uneven front to rear tread wear

While each tire can wear unevenly, tires on the front axle can also wear differently than tires on the rear axle. Regularly rotating them allows the tires to serve in both front and rear positions which help to even out the wear. Although regular rotation can help with uneven wear, different tread wear patterns can help diagnosis other problems you may be having.

 

Tire noise and vibration

When tires wear unevenly, it causes increased road noise and vibrations. While vibrations can be felt in other parts of the car, it is most commonly noticed in the steering wheel.

 

Understanding Your Vehicle’s Tires

Your tires are the only part of the car that has direct contact with the road. Tires affect your vehicle handling, ride, braking, and safety. For optimum performance, tires must have the correct air pressure, tread depth, balance and the wheels of the vehicle must be properly aligned.

 

Checking your tires on a regular basis is an important step in protecting your safety and your automotive investment. Ideally, tire inspections should be performed monthly. If you drive over potholes and debris in the road, live in a cold climate, or drive long distances regularly, then you should inspect your tires more often.

 

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Always inspect your tires before a long trip. The more often these inspections are performed, the easier it will be to find a small problem, such as a nail in your tire, and fix it before it becomes a more expensive and time-consuming issue.

 

 

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