Why You Need Your Tires Balanced

Tire Balance

Tire care is one of the most important aspects of vehicle maintenance. Our entire service team here at Pat Peck Nissan is dedicated to making sure all of our neighbors in Gulfport, Pascagoula, and Waveland are well-informed about how to keep tires rolling strong.

That’s why we’ve provided you with this guide outlining why you need your tires balanced and what’s involved when you have it done.

Continue reading to find out all about balancing your tires.

The Importance of Balancing Your Tires

Tire Balance

Balancing your tires is important because it helps to ensure that they remain safe and last as long as possible by reducing the effects of everyday wear and tear. Not only do balanced tires wear evenly, they also provide you with a smoother ride.

Balancing Your Tires

It is recommended that you have your tires balanced every 5,000 miles. They should also be balanced whenever they’ve been repaired or replaced. Here’s a step-by-step rundown of what takes place when you have them balanced:

  • Step 1: The tires and wheels are removed.
  • Step 2: One at a time, the wheels are mounted onto the balancing machine.
  • Step 3: Every wheel and tire are spun and checked for imbalance.
  • Step 4: If any imbalances are found, weight compensations are made.
  • Step 5: Your tires and wheels are remounted.

How to Know if It’s Time to Balance Your Tires

If you notice any or all of the following, be sure to take your car to an automotive technician to see if a tire balancing is in order:

  • Uneven wear on your tires
  • Vibrations coming from under your seat or the floorboard
  • Vibrating in the steering wheel

When Tires Wear Down Too Far

When your tires are imbalanced, the resulting wear can cause the following hazards if left unnoticed for too long:

  • Overheating. Tread helps regulate a tire’s temperature by trapping in cool air. When the tread wears down too low, it loses its ability to do this and the tire can overheat and break apart.
  • Weakened Tires. Depleted tread means your tires lack protection from being penetrated by debris on the road.
  • Lack of Traction. Another danger related to the loss of tread is susceptibility to hydroplaning and sliding.

Regularly Check the Condition of Your Tires

Tire Pressure

It’s always a good idea to take some time to perform a brief, periodic check of your tires to make sure they’re in good condition for your safety and that of your passengers. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Swelling, Cracking, and Separation. If you notice any swelling, cracking, or tread pulling away from the rest of the tire, you should have your tires replaced immediately.
  • Air Pressure. Always make sure you’ve got the proper amount of air in your tires. This spreads them out evenly and allows for even wear.

Remember to Have Your Tires Balanced

If you notice any of the above signs that you need your tires balanced while you’re in Gulfport, Pascagoula, or Waveland, contact Pat Peck Nissan to schedule an appointment.