The Dangers of Unbalanced Tires
If you feel a vibration in the steering wheel, or through the floorboards and your seat when you’re driving, even on a smoothly paved road, your tires are probably unbalanced. Your car will be harder to steer and control and could result in a collision that needs expensive repairs. This vibration also makes driving uncomfortable.
Uneven Tread Wear
Inspect all four tires regularly to check that the tread is wearing down evenly. If the tread is thinner on one or both sides, or thinner in the middle, or thinner in patches, the chances are that your tires are out of balance. In addition to making steering more difficult, uneven wear on the tire tread can also increase the risk of a sudden blowout and a serious accident.
How To Correct The Problem
Tire balancing is not something you can do yourself; it should be done by a trained mechanic in a properly equipped car maintenance shop. The shop will have secure mounting, and the mechanic will inspect the tires and wheel assemblies. He will make sure that wheels are correctly seated on the hubs, and that the lug nuts are properly tightened. If the mechanic doesn’t include tire rotation as part of the service, ask for it. Regularly rotating your tires results in even tread wearing and maintains better tire balance. Rotating your tires every 6000 miles is the standard recommendation but check with your mechanic regarding your particular tires and vehicle. There are several factors that could make a difference in having them rotated sooner.
Even if you don’t see signs that your tires are unbalanced, it’s a good idea to have them checked every 5,000 to 7,500 miles or every two years. If you regularly drive on rough, poorly maintained roads, then it’s better to have your tires balanced more often.
If you’ve been in an accident and your car has been damaged, call Orlando Auto Body at 480-418-4737 for a quote and advice on the repair.