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How Can I Tell if My Wheels Need Balancing and Alignment?

Your automobile’s wheels need regular balancing and alignment alongside the tire rotation. This not only extends the life of your tire tread, but it also helps protect precious suspension parts. Your suspension is what makes controlling your vehicle effortless, which is why we here at Buckeye Complete Auto Care rotate tires and balance and align wheels. Let’s talk about your wheels and what you can do to keep them in the best shape possible.

Wheel Balancing

A good rule of thumb for when you should have your wheels balanced is at every tire rotation. A good rule for tire rotations is every 6,000 miles or every other oil change. Rotating the tires extends their life and keeps the tread wearing down evenly. Balancing the wheels distributes the tire and wheel weights evenly across the axles. If your wheels are out of balance, your vehicle will vibrate at higher speeds and you will hear the wheels wobbling. The faster you go, the more the vibrations and noise will increase. 

Wheel Alignment

You don’t have to have your wheels aligned quite as often. The wheels should be aligned when you put a new set of tires on your automobile and every two years after that. Wheel alignment helps to keep the wheels balanced and you in control of your vehicle. Aligned wheels make controlling your automobile much easier than misaligned wheels do. Signs your wheels are out of alignment include

  • Pulling to the side even though you’re steering straight
  • A crooked steering wheel logo when the wheels are pointed straight
  • Squealing tires when you turn a corner
  • Uneven tire tread wear that is patchy in places

If you do a lot of driving, you might need to have your wheels aligned more often than every two years, as the more you drive your vehicle the more chances the wheels will slowly misalign. You can also knock your wheels out of alignment if you get into an accident, hit a curb, fly over bumps, or blast through potholes. All of these things can affect your wheel balance and alignment.

Tire and Wheel Safety

Your vehicle has many safety systems designed to keep you as safe as possible when you’re on the road. Your brakes are one of them and so are the airbags. Your tires and wheels can also make or break your vehicle’s safety. Driving on unbalanced or misaligned wheels makes it harder to control your car, truck, or SUV. Driving on bald tires can cause a blowout and complete loss of control.

Set up an appointment with Buckeye Complete Auto Care in Columbus, OH, today for a tire and wheel inspection. We’ll make sure your tires still have plenty of tread left and that the wheels are balanced and aligned.

Call Buckeye Complete Auto Care for all your Car needs at 614-285-3453

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