Tire Balancing – Dallas, Lewisville, Watauga Locations:
Why is tire balancing necessary:
No tires are perfectly round or smooth. All tires have heavy spots that cause an imbalance in the wheel assembly. When you drive, these heavy spots are pulled outward by the centrifugal force of the tire’s rotation, making your vehicle vibrate or shimmy. This vibration is one of the more common signs that your tires are out of balance. You will usually notice the effects at about 40 mph, and the vibration can become more pronounced as your speed increases. If you feel this vibration most strongly though the steering wheel, that indicates that one or more front tire is out of balance. If it’s through the driver’s seat, that means your rear tires are out of balance.
In addition to being annoying, tire vibration may cause:
• safety issues by increasing driver stress and fatigue
• unnecessary wear on your shocks, struts and other suspension components
• uneven tire wear, which shortens the useful life of your tires
• increased fuel consumption, because your engine must work harder to overcome this additional force