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.

That’s why you’ll want to get a tire balance done on your vehicle the moment it’s needed. Below, we’ll tell you exactly how to balance tires, and how you can get this work done at Ira LEXUS OF DANVERS today.

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:

  1. Remove the wheels from your vehicle.
  2. Remove all the dirt and debris from the tires, rims, and other parts of the wheel. Wash and dry them, too, if necessary.
  3. Put the wheel-tire assembly on the balancer and follow the manual.
  4. Use chalk to mark spots where you’ll put the new weights if the tires are out of balance.
  5. Put the weights on each wheel and recheck the balance.
  6. Adjust the weights until the tires either move smoothly (dynamic balancing) or stay in a straight line (stationary balancing).
  7. 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:

  • Static
  • Dynamic (spin-balancing)
  • Road-force
With Static balancing, weights are added across just one line of the tire. This is helpful in light-imbalance cases, where each tire is placed on a vertical supporter with a spindle tool or bubble balancer. If the imbalance is more extensive, then you may want to opt for a different method.
There’s Dynamic balancing, where weights are spread across the tire, side-to-side and up and down (i.e., dual plane). A modern spinning computer balancer is used for this process. The assembly is placed on a machine, which spins at certain speeds. While this unit spins, the sensors of the machine measure all weight imperfections.
The final type of balancing is Road-Force. This newer technology creates a road condition simulation. The machine used for this procedure has a large roller that presses on the tire, applying the estimated weight of your vehicle. This will then detect if any tires are out of balance, even in more extreme cases.

WHEN TO GET TIRES BALANCED

Now that you know how tires are balanced, you may be wondering when this needs to be done.

There are actually a number of different signs indicating that a tire is imbalanced. These include:
  • 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.
It’s recommended to get a tire balance every 3,000 to 6,000 miles. However, if you experience any of the aforementioned signs, then you’ll want to have this service done as soon as possible.

SCHEDULE A TIRE BALANCE TODAY

If you’re needing a tire balance near North Andover, Peabody, or Danvers, don’t wait. SCHEDULE SERVICE AT IRA LEXUS OF DANVERS TODAY!