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Tire Balancing In Kitchener

By Angie from Sawara, Chiba-ken, Japan (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Angie from Sawara, Chiba-ken, Japan (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Why Do I Need To Have My Tires Balanced?

Tire balancing is vitally important for a smooth ride as well as the longevity of your tires. Having properly balanced tires not only eliminates annoying vibrations in the steering wheel, seat, or floorboards while you are driving, but it also extends the life of your tires. Unbalanced tires can cause your tires and your suspension to wear out more rapidly. Tires, even brand new ones, are not perfectly round and they may also be heavier in some places and lighter in others. Balancing them will detect and compensate for these imperfections. If your tires need balancing contact us at Hansma Automotive.

What is involved in Tire Balancing?

At Hansma Automotive, our tire balancing service includes removing each tire and wheel and placing them on a balancing machine. This machine will spin the wheel and determine whether or not the weight of the wheel and tire are evenly balanced around the axle. If an imbalance is found, then a lead balance is attached to the opposite side of the tire to offset the difference in weight and correct the imbalance. Sometimes the vibration can be fixed by rotating the tire on the wheel so that the heavy spot is simply in a different location which better matches with the wheel. The tires are then remounted. Balancing your tires will vary depending on the state of your tires, but usually the process can be completed in about an hour.

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How Often Should I Get My Tires Balanced?

Tire Balancing

Brand new tires should be balanced when they are first installed. After this, the daily wear on your tires can cause the weight distribution to change and the tires can once again become unbalanced. Lead weights which were added to initially balance your tires can also come loose and break off with daily wear, causing an imbalance.  Hansma Automotive recommends that you have your tires balanced every 10,000 to 12,000 km. You should also get them balanced if you are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Your steering wheel is vibrating when you are going at a high speed
  • Your seat or floorboard is vibrating when you are going at a high speed.
  • You notice cupped wear patterns on your tires.

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