Tire balancing is important for your car’s health

At Luxury Import Auto Repair Specialist, we understand how much you love your import vehicle. We have dedicated our careers to ensuring that our customers are able to properly maintain their vehicles, and drive with confidence. For many import owners, tires are a necessary expense. Low-profile tires, while cool looking, require more attention and care than traditional tire models. We wanted to take a moment today to explain the benefits of balancing your import’s tires.

For the most part, modern vehicles do a much better job at keeping their tires balanced than vehicles produced in the past. Advancements in engineering and tire design, especially for import vehicles, have eliminated many of the problems once associated with proper tire balancing. However, even with all of these advancements, it is still important to routinely have your tires tested to see if they need balancing. Taking preventative action could save you thousands in mechanical issues later.

Why is tire balancing important?

To put it as simply as possible, balancing your tires is important because it reduces vibrations caused by contact with the roads surface. At 60 mph, your import’s tires are completing four revolutions every second, or 14,400 revolutions every hour. Each of these revolutions causes a tiny vibration to travel from your wheel to your car’s axles. The vibrations don’t stop at the axle, but instead travel through the rest of your car’s chassis. As you can see, even a small, ¼ lb. imbalance on a single tire can cause some serious issues over time. If you have multiple tires out of balance, this damage can grow exponentially. Additionally, factor in all of the rocks, debris, and potholes you experience on a daily basis, and you can see why reducing vibration from the tires is a good idea.

How do I know if my tires need to be balanced?

Typically, a tire will show uneven wear if it is improperly balanced. This wear is caused by the tire not traveling along the road evenly, leading to decreased traction and poorer fuel economy. If your tires show this kind of wear have their balance checked immediately. Another common sign of improper tire balance is an increase in vibration over speeds of 40 mph. If the vehicle’s front tires are imbalanced, this vibration will become even more noticeable. Ignoring these vibrations will ultimately lead to additional damage to your vehicle. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you have your tires balanced every 4,000 to 6,000 miles depending on wear.

How will my tires be balanced?

The most traditional way to balance out a vehicle’s tires is to attach small weights to the outer and inner flanges of the wheel the tire is mounted on. As the wheel spins, these weights exert force on the wheel, ensuring that it stays balanced through its revolutions. Another balancing option utilizes powders or liquids that are placed directly into the tires themselves. This option requires less time, and the compounds used are better able to adapt to the changing shape of the tire. While much less labor intensive, this option may not be best for everyone as the liquids can cause wheel rust, and the powders can clump together if exposed to too much moisture.

Given all of this information, we at Luxury Import Auto Repair Specialist want to help you keep your import in balance. Balanced tires not only provide a smoother ride, but also ensure that your car isn’t taking damage from uncontrolled vibrations, wasting precious fuel, or wearing through tires faster than it should.  Contact us today, to see how we can keep your import auto balanced and ready to drive.