Why Do Tires Need to Be Balanced?

January 20th, 2017 by

2017 Chevy Colorado BlueHere at Chevrolet of Homewood, we offer all kinds of maintenance, including regular tire rotations, tire replacement, and tire rebalancing. While you might have a firm grasp on replacement and rotation, rebalancing can seem a little mysterious. So what is rebalancing, and why do you need it?

The Importance of Tire Balancing

Does your steering wheel shake when you’re driving? Does your car feel bouncy when you’re driving down the road? You might benefit from tire balancing. This is a common practice, and should be conducted every time tires are installed on a vehicle. Despite all the technology that goes into creating today’s tires, they aren’t completely consistent all the way around. The rubber might have slightly varying thickness or density, and this can lead to poor ride, poor handling, and poor performance.

When we balance wheels at Chevrolet of Homewood, we put your wheel in a balancing machine. This machine will spin the wheel, and find where it is out of balance, and adjust the tire appropriately. In order to properly balance a tire, a set of weights may be placed at the opposite side of the tire, to counter any heavier spots. This all adds up to a smoother ride, more even wear, and better performance.

You should always have your tires balanced every time you have a new set installed. Anytime you have new wheels or rims installed your tires should be balanced as well. If you notice that your car is handling strangely, or you notice bounciness in the ride, it might be worth having your balance checked out. Balancing isn’t the only issue that can cause negative symptoms; other common problems include alignment and suspension issues, and we’re happy to help with those systems as well at Chevrolet of Homewood.

If you think you need tire balancing, or you’re just ready for a new set of tires, then schedule service online now with the experts here at Chevrolet of Homewood so we can rotate your tires.

Visit Chevrolet of Homewood Today

Chevrolet of Homewood is your Chevy maintenance leader here in the Calumet City area. You can visit us at 18033 S. Halsted St. in Homewood IL. Our expert Chevy technicians can take care of all of your maintenance needs. We’re just a quick trip from Calumet City, so stop by or contact us online now with any questions.