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Tire balancing


What is tire balancing and why is it necessary? When an object spins as quickly as a tire does, even a slight difference in weight on some part of the object (a heavy spot) can affect its operation. In fact, it takes only a quarter of an ounce of extra weight on any part of a tire to throw it out of balance! Accurate tire balancing is necessary to help your vehicle perform at its best.

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Signs your vehicle needs tire balancing

Pay close attention to changes in noise, look and feel. If your tires are out of balance, you may notice noisier driving, vibration, declines in speed or uneven tread wear.

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Treat tire balancing like scheduled maintenance

Your tires must be balanced each time they’re mounted on wheels. And because tires can be thrown out of balance over time, it’s important to have them checked regularly. We recommend about every 6,000 miles. Here’s a good rule to keep in mind: Whenever you have your oil changed, ask us to check your tires for balance and then rotate them.

Need your tires balanced? Just make an online tire balancing appointment or pull up to any Mountain View Tire & Auto Service location.
Why do tires have heavy spots?
Tires can have “heavy spots” for a few reasons:

Blemishes or other acceptable variations in the tire’s sidewall or tread

Repair work: patches and plugs

Uneven tread wear on one side of the tire

They can all affect a tire’s weight and throw it out of balance. That’s why accurate tire balancing is necessary for your vehicle to drive properly.
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