Tire installation and balancing
Check Your Tires: Balancing and Replacement
Perfect balance of your tires and wheel assembly is essential for ensuring a comfortable ride. Additionally, it enables you to maximize the mileage on all four tires of your vehicle.
Balancing consists of two operations: static balancing (vertical wobble) and dynamic balancing (horizontal wobble).
When should the tires and wheels be balanced?
It is important to do it:
- Whenever new tires are mounted for the first time on the wheels
- Whenever a tire is changed for any reason
- At the first signs of vibration or abnormal wear on the tire tread
An unbalanced wheel is normal! When a new tire is mounted on a wheel, this naturally affects its balance for the following reasons:
- Irregularities in the tires
- Radial or lateral offset of the wheel
- The position of the valve
Normal use of your car will affect the balance of the wheels, as even the slightest irregularity in the wear on your tires can throw off the balance of the entire wheel assembly. All it takes are a few sudden stops to create irregularities.
The consequences of not balancing your wheels...
- Wear and tear on your suspension
- Wear and tear on your steering system
- Wear and tear on the tires, causing a rough ride
If you feel vibrations in the steering wheel when driving between 90 and 110 km/h, it means you need to balance your front wheels. If you feel vibrations in the driver’s seat, it means you need to balance your rear wheels.
Tire Inspection Reminder
- Check the air pressure every three to four weeks (including the spare tire). This should be a cold check or before the car has been driven more than 3 kilometers after being parked.
- Check for wear every 3,000 kilometers or so.
- In general, a good-quality tire should be changed every 40,000 - 50,000 km.