If you notice vibrations while drive, uneven tire tread wear, or other handling issues, it’s possible that your wheels need to be balanced. This is a service that needs to happen a lot more regularly than most drivers are aware. It can save you time and money, and it can make your tires last for a lot longer than you might expect. C & C Automotive talks about wheel balancing below.
According to the Owner’s Manual…
Your wheels need balancing on a regular basis, and your car’s owner’s manual lays that all out for you. This schedule helps you to see what the routine should be, which is probably close to every 6,000 miles or so. If you drive a lot, you’re probably going to need your wheels balanced more often. Likewise, if you drive a lot on rough roads, wheel balancing needs to happen more frequently.
When You Get New Tires
Every time that you get new tires, even if you’re only replacing one, you should get the wheel or wheels balanced. The reason for this is that there are hardly ever any perfectly balanced tires right out of the factory. The weight needs to be distributed as evenly as possible around the wheel and across the axle to ensure the best driving and tire wear experience.
When Your Tires Get Rotated
When you get your tires rotated, they likely need to be balanced again. Ideally, you should rotate your tires every 6,000. This is because your car does hit bumps, holes, and other obstacles as you drive and all of that affects the balance. Don’t forget also that you’re consistently and gradually wearing down tire tread. That means that the weight distribution is changing over time.
If You Notice Uneven Tire Wear
You’re checking your tires regularly for uneven tire wear, right? When you do notice something is amiss, it’s time to get your wheels balanced. This can correct whatever is causing the uneven tread wear and making your vehicle shake at higher speeds, and it might even help you to narrow down another possible cause of the problems, like issues with your suspension or alignment.
We’d be happy to handle your wheel balancing here at C & C Automotive. We’ve got four locations throughout Georgia, including Augusta, West Augusta, Martinez, and Aiken County. Contact us at the most convenient location for you and we can get your wheels balanced and have you back on the road again in no time at all driving smoothly and comfortably.