HOW TO BALANCE TIRES
When the TIRES are properly balanced, you’ll have smooth drives across the roads of North Andover, Peabody, and Danvers. Otherwise, you may experience shaking in the car or loss of traction on the tires, which could become quite dangerous.
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO BALANCE TIRES
In order to perform this type of maintenance, you’ll want to have a tire balancer and to place your vehicle on a jack. Remove all the weights currently on the wheel before rebalancing them, then follow these steps:
- Remove the wheels from your vehicle.
- Remove all the dirt and debris from the tires, rims, and other parts of the wheel. Wash and dry them, too, if necessary.
- Put the wheel-tire assembly on the balancer and follow the manual.
- Use chalk to mark spots where you’ll put the new weights if the tires are out of balance.
- Put the weights on each wheel and recheck the balance.
- Adjust the weights until the tires either move smoothly (dynamic balancing) or stay in a straight line (stationary balancing).
- Put the wheels back on the car, tighten the lug nuts, and lower the jack
TYPES OF TIRE BALANCING
There are several types of tire balancing, but the three main ones are:
- Dynamic (spin-balancing)
WHEN TO GET TIRES BALANCED
Now that you know how tires are balanced, you may be wondering when this needs to be done.
- Vibrations: If your tires are out of balance, you may feel irregular vibrations when driving around 40 to 45 MPH. It could worsen the faster you go, with some shakings not being felt until the car reaches 50 to 70 MPH.
- Uneven wear: Imbalanced tires can eventually patch-wear, where the pattern is random and happening in different spots around the tire’s circumference. This usually happens from the vibrations we mentioned above.
- Increased fuel usage: Tires being out of balance can also lead to increased fuel consumption. This is often from the tires losing traction on the road. The greater the imbalance and the faster you’re driving, the more fuel waste there is.