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What is Tire Balancing?

Learn why tire balancing should be a regular part of your tire maintenance routine.

Getting your tires balanced is an important part of tire maintenance. Not only will you have a smoother ride, but you’ll also elongate the life of the your tires. When tires are imbalanced, they can wear unevenly. Uneven tread wear can lead to early tire replacement.

what is tire balancing
Tire balancing is a crucial part of tire maintenance. Not only will it help you save money, but it will help you have a smoother ride.

How does tire balancing work?

When a tire is mounted onto the wheel, you have a wheel assembly. Weight needs to be evenly distributed in order for the vehicle to ride smoothly down the road. It’s practically impossible for weight to be naturally and evenly distributed on the wheel assembly. This is where tire balancing comes in. Without it, your vehicle will vibrate and shake while you’re driving.

To balance the tire, automotive technicians use a balancing system machine. As the tire is spun on the machine, the auto tech is directed to where they should put wheel weights. The wheel weights counter the heavy spots of the tire, offsetting the imbalance and eventually balancing the tire.

Why should I get my tires balanced?

Tire balancing is required to keep your tire warranty valid. An imbalanced tire can also lead to unnecessary strain on your suspension and wheel bearings. You may even experience less traction and less control of your vehicle.

When should I get my tires balanced?

Wheels can become imbalanced from hitting a pot hole or curb, driving on rough roads or any other impact. If you feel your vehicle shaking as your speed increases, take it in for tire balancing. If your vehicle isn’t shaking, we recommend getting your tires balanced every 6,000 – 8,000 miles or with every other oil change (it’s an easy way to remember to get your tires balanced).

At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand your vehicle is a big investment and it deserves the best care. That’s why our tire shop offers the tire service you need to safely get back on the road. Whether you have passenger or light truck tires, we offer tire mounting and balancing at our automotive service center.

Not only will you find auto and tire repair, you’ll also find top tire brands like Goodyear, Cooper Tire and Michelin. Shop for tires online with our tire lookup feature; simply search by the year, make and model of your vehicle to be matched up with the right size tire. Don’t forget to check out our current sales for discount tires and ongoing tire sales. For all your automotive and tire needs, request a quote online or call 1-800-365-9936 to schedule an appointment at your local Blain’s Farm & Fleet.


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