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Tire balancing, why it’s important to balance tires after mounting them

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Nobody should skip this crucial step when mounting new tires. It is essential to balance your tires after mounting them to avoid a myriad of problems that will haunt you in the long run.

Tire balancing ensures that your wheels are spinning without vibration. An unbalanced set of tires can make the car vibrate, especially at high speeds, which can make that car considerably more dangerous.

As any mechanic worth his salt can tell you, vibration is the enemy of machinery. A regularly vibrating car will see its useful life greatly diminished. As screws get loose, cable connections get unplugged, mechanical parts unnecessarily receive increased stress.

If a car is not properly balanced vibrations are felt while driving. There are cases bad enough to make you feel you are riding on a chariot. Vibrations will get stronger as the car speed increases.

What is tire balancing

When you mount new tires on wheels, they are mounted on a machine that then spins them. Then, it detects any unbalances on it, and then weights are added or removed so that the wheel is perfectly balanced. If you need a professional tire mounting, balancing, and aligning service, you can get in touch with one here.

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Adding weights to the wheel to balance it.

Consequences of driving a car with unbalanced tires

Heres a list of a few effects of driving with unbalanced tires.

  • Increased and uneven tire wear.
  • Vibration felt throughout the car, in the seats, floor, and steering wheel.
  • Brake pads, calipers, bolts, and other parts can loosen up as a result of the vibration and may break over time.
  • Reduced handling of the car.

How often should I balance my tires and how much does it cost?

You should periodically balance your tires every 4000 to 6000 miles. Also, balance them every time you replace your tires. If a car has been parked for a prolonged period, it may also need its tires balanced.

A car balancing service should cost you around 40$. Some tire sellers will even do it for free if you buy the tires from them. It is such a low investment that brings a wide variety of benefits to your driving experience, there’s really no excuse to skip it.