For some people, having balanced tires isn’t a priority. When the tire becomes unbalanced, they may cause a slight shaking, so what’s the big deal? Having your tires balanced is actually a very big deal and is important to the longevity of your vehicle. Many people do not realize the impact that unbalanced tires has on your vehicle. For this reason, Top Notch Body Shop & Mechanics would like to share some of the affects unbalanced tires can have on your vehicle and why it is important to maintain well-balanced tires.
What Happens if You Keep Driving on Unbalanced Tires?
Tires can have imperfections while they are being manufactured or imperfections can develop while driving on the road. These imperfections, whether small or big, can have a major effect on the way the tires preform and naturally wear down. To get the most out of your tires, you want equal wear. When a tire is unbalanced, the wear patterns become irregular. Irregular wear patterns can cause unexpected blow outs, wobbly tires which make it hard to control the vehicle and reduce the life of your tires. There are a lot of risks when it comes to driving on unbalanced tires. You could cause an accident and hurt yourself as well as others. You will also need to replace your tires prematurely which will cost you money. Not only to save you money but to keep everyone safe on the road, you should always maintain well balanced tires. Balancing tires is not complicated and is done at the same time you have your tires rotated. You should regularly rotate and balance your tires to ensure safety and longevity or your tires.
How Do You Know if Your Tires Need Balancing?
When tires become unbalanced, it can become rather obvious. One of the first and more noticeable signs is vibrations while driving. You can feel vibration in the steering wheel while you are driving when the tires are no longer balanced. The vibrations will increase the faster you go, shaking the entire vehicle. Along with vibrations and shaking, you may even notice some steering wheel problems. Unbalanced tires can make it difficult to steer and even have some delayed response. When the steering is affected, it can become a very dangerous situation. Make sure to have your tires checked quickly once the steering has been affected. When tires become unbalanced, the wear pattern will also be uneven. You might see that there is a spot on the tire that will be much more worn down than the rest of the tire. The more intensely worn down area of the tire is now prone to damages such as punctures and even a blowout. When the tires are affected to the point the wear pattern is not even, the shocks and bearing can also be affected. When the tires are not balanced it adds more stress on the shocks and or bearing. You can be looking at replacing your shocks and bearings if you do not correct the tires in a timely manner.
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Having rotated and balanced tires is an essential step in your vehicle maintenance and care. If you have signs that your tires are not balanced, come on down to Top Notch Body Shop & Mechanics and get your tires balanced today.