How to Balance Tires
Here at Jaguar Albuquerque, we understand the importance of having well-balanced tires. They lead to better fuel economy, a smoother ride, and improved handling.
For our customers in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley, who are wondering just how to balance tires, we have the answer. In our guide below, we’ll discuss how our technicians balance tires and how often it should be done. Keep reading to learn more and contact us with any questions.
The Importance of Tire Balance
Let’s start by discussing why you should balance the tires of your Jaguar vehicle.
First off, having it promotes even treadwear. This will extend the lifespan of your tires. Plus, it will also give you a better grip of the road, which adds to the safety value to your vehicle while providing better performance at the same time.
Balanced tires will also give you a smoother ride. When all of the wheels are spinning equally, it will extend the life of components such as the suspension and drivetrain. That means you’ll feel less shaking and vibration while behind the wheel.
How Do We Balance Tires
When you bring your vehicle to our Jaguar dealership, one of our certified technicians will usually be able to balance your tires in about an hour.
To start, each of your tires is put on a balancing machine. As each of them spins, the machine will analyze it, looking for stiff spots and excess vibration. When it’s done, it will show us whether the tire is balanced. If it’s not, we will apply small weights made of steel, aluminum, or zinc, to oppose the stiff spots. This process will generally, fix the imbalance.
If it doesn’t, the technician will then try to rotate the tire on the wheel. Sometimes, if their heaviest parts are lined up, it will cause an imbalance. So, rotating the two will help to distribute the weight evenly.
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How Often Should Tires Be Balanced
If you drive your vehicle regularly, you might want to consider balancing your tires every 3,000 to 6,000 miles or 1 to 2 years.
However, to make the process more convenient, you should also consider getting your tires balanced every time you purchase new wheel components or rotate the tires. It’s simple for your mechanic to complete both tasks. Plus, you’ll get the added advantage of only needing to make one trip.
There are also a few warning signs that may signify that the tires of your Jaguar are due to be balanced. If you notice uneven treadwear the next time you perform the penny test, unbalanced tires may be to blame. Additionally, if you’ve noticed excessive vibration while you drive, take your vehicle to a trained professional. While this is a sign of tire imbalance, it could also be another problem that requires attention.
Get Leveled Out Today!
If you’ve been driving around Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley, with tires that are out of balance, it’s time to visit us here at Jaguar Albuquerque. Our technicians have the know-how and cutting-edge equipment to balance tires and have you back out on the road in no time.
If you’d like to experience a smoother ride, schedule a service appointment today!