Regular wheel balancing service can save your tires from uneven wear and premature failure. When your tires are installed, your technician will ensure that the weight of your tire is balanced, or distributed evenly.
As you drive, though, the weight distribution of your tire system might change. This distribution change will often manifest itself as a vibration or uneven tread wear, which happens because imbalanced tires will wobble slightly on the axle. This wobbling is often imperceptible until you reach a speed of 50-70 mph.
Wheel balancing is often confused with tire alignments, but they treat vastly different tire problems. Alignments correct angles of installation—measured in degrees—while wheel balancing corrects uneven weight distribution—measured in grams or pounds. If you can’t decide which tire service you might need, just bring your car in, tell the mechanic the problems you’re experiencing and they’ll determine which service will work best.
At Telle Tire & Auto Centers, both wheel balancing and tire alignments are free of cost if you bought your tires from us—it’s just another way we protect drivers against the road ahead with some of the best warranties in the business.