Tire Balancing Q&A

Tire balancing is done to provide motorists with the smoothest, safest ride while reducing road noise, vibration, and uneven tread wear. To balance your tires, weights are strategically placed on the wheel to ensure that the tire spins true. When a wheel is out of balance, it bounces uncontrollably and causes unsafe conditions. An unbalanced tire will also wear quicker and is hard on your shocks and struts. When you detect vibration, bouncing, or uneven tire wear, it is time to get your tires balanced. A wheel balance checks every 4,000-6,000 miles is recommended. Proper tire inflation, regular tire rotation, and wheel balancing are keys to long tire life. Balancing your tires is important. Whether it’s a car, truck, or SUV tire, Boulder Tire will inspect your tires and determine if they need to be rotated or balanced.  

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Why Balance Your Tires?

Getting tire balancing service performed at Boulder Tire in Boulder, CO, can: 

  • Increase vehicle safety
  • Ensure a more comfortable ride
  • Take pressure the off of your steering
  • Reduce the wear and tear on your tires

How Are Tires Balanced?

Every time a wheel is first mounted onto the axle with a new tire, it must be balanced to make sure the weight is even around the axle. Tire balancing is performed using a tire balancing machine that spins your tires and monitors vibrations and off-balance. If any imbalance is detected, weights are added to make adjustments that will counter-balance the uneven weight. 

What Are the Warning Signs That My Tires Aren’t Balanced?

Signs that you need tire balancing service will include uneven wear on the tires and excessive vibration when driving over 40 mph, especially if the imbalanced tires are on the front. The vibration will be felt in the steering wheel when the tire imbalance is affecting the front tires, but the imbalance of your rare tires makes the vibration less obvious.  

How Often Should My Tires Be Balanced?

It is recommended you balance every new tire once it is installed or every time you get tire rotation performed. Your tires will eventually wear with constant driving. When they wear unevenly, that will cause your tires to be unbalanced, which tends to be between 4,000 and 6,000 miles.