Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that the tires be rotated on the same schedule as oil changes. In most cases that means every 7,500 miles or six months.

A good time to rotate your tires is when you get the oil changed, assuming you do that at least once a year and more often if you drive in excess of 12,000 miles a year.

 

On front-wheel-drive vehicles, the weight of the engine and transmission, and because the front tires do most of the work in turns, it’ll certainly wear quicker than the rear tires.

 

Rotating the tires between front and rear a couple of times a year spreads out the burden so they wear evenly.

 

Symptoms of Tire Imbalance

 

An out-of-balance tire and wheel will typically create a vibration or shake that becomes progressively worse as the vehicle speed increases. The speed at which the vibration first becomes apparent will vary depending on the size and weight of the tires and wheels, the size and weight of the vehicle, the sensitivity of the steering and suspension and the amount of tire imbalance, but usually starts at 40 to 50 mph and increases in intensity as the speed goes up.


Tire/Wheel Balance Diagnosis

 

It is also important to remember that speed-sensitive vibrations can also be caused by radial (vertical) or lateral (sideways) runout in a tire, wheel or hub. Loose, worn or damaged wheel bearings as well as certain kinds of tread wear can also cause vibrations.

 

You can visually inspect the tires and wheels for evidence of missing weights, mud or dirt packed in the back of the rim or debris embedded in the tread that could create an imbalance.

 

Note the amount of wear on the tread. If the tires are more than 50 percent worn, chances are they have not been rebalanced since they were new. Be sure to measure tread depth at several points around the circumference of the tire. This will tell you if the tread is wearing evenly and if the depth is equal. A difference of more than about 1/16 inch would indicate an out-of-round condition.

 

Wheel Balancing Equipment

At Rick Case Genesis our balancers have self-calibrating electronics with accuracy to hundredths of an ounce (or tenths of a gram) and that can achieve both static (at rest) and dynamic (in motion) balance to determine the balance of each tire. Graphical displays also make information easier to understand when the service report is explained to you.


 

Need us to check your Tires?

 

You can get your car serviced at Rick Case Genesis located in 11446 Alpharetta Highway Roswell, GA 30076, by setting up an appointment online here or call (678) 496-3304.
Keep your vehicle driving smooth the entire year!

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