Avoid Costly Repairs: Keep Your Tires Balanced and Rotated

June 12, 2023

Keeping your tires balanced and rotated may seem like a chore, but it can help you avoid serious and costly mechanical issues down the road. Not only will regularly performing these basic tasks save you money on repairs, but it also increases safety when you’re driving. Whether you own an economy car or a high-performance sports car, routine tire rotation and balancing are essential for ensuring that your vehicle handles correctly and reliably on the open road. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to recognize signs of poor tire wear, how often to have them balanced and rotated, as well as some tips for doing so yourself!

To recognize signs of poor tire wear, it’s important to regularly inspect your tires for any uneven tread or bulging. Uneven tread can often be the result of a lack of regular rotation, which results in one side of the tire wearing down faster than the other. Bulging is another sign that you need to have your tires balanced and rotated as soon as possible. If either of these signs are present, it’s time to bring your car to a qualified mechanic who can assess and advise you on how best to proceed. 

Ideally, manufacturers recommend having your tires balanced and rotated every 6,000-8,000 miles (or every other oil change). This will ensure that all four tires wear evenly and decrease the risk of blowouts, skidding, or other dangerous situations. While some tire shops offer free tire rotation with every visit, it’s important to remember that those services are usually only available if you bought your tires there. Additionally, regular rotations are necessary because they redistribute the load across all four tires, which helps maintain even tread depth on all sides of the tire and prevents the need for premature replacements. 

If you want to save some money on labor costs and take a DIY approach to tire balancing and rotation, here’s what you need to do. First, make sure all four tires are properly inflated before beginning the process. Next, jack up each wheel one at a time and remove the lug nuts from each tire using an adjustable wrench or socket set. Once all four tires are off, swap them around so that they’re now in different positions than before. Afterward, put the lug nuts back on and tighten them with an adjustable wrench or socket set. Finally, take the car to a shop for balancing and any necessary alignment work.

By performing regular tire rotation and balancing, you can help extend the life of your tires and reduce wear and tear, as well as the risk of costly repairs down the road. It’s not only important to check your tires every 6,000-8,000 miles but also look out for signs of the uneven tread or bulging that could indicate it’s time for a service sooner than expected. With proper maintenance, you can keep your ride running smoothly and safely! As a trusted and certified specialist in vehicle repairs, we invite you to experience the reliable services we have to offer at Kolex Collision Center. Don’t hesitate – contact us today and let us help you keep your tires properly balanced and rotated!