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Wheel Balancing and Rotations: Why They Matter

Last updated 4 years ago

Do you feel your vehicle’s steering wheel vibrating when you drive over 50 mph? Are your tires wearing unevenly? If you are experiencing either of these things, your vehicle’s wheels needs to be balanced and rotated. Keep reading to find out how wheel balancing and rotations affect your vehicle.

Properly Rotated Tires Experience Optimal Fuel Economy and Braking Power

Because each tire holds a different share of the car’s weight, each tire naturally wears out at a different rate. During a tire rotation service, mechanics will switch the front tires with the back tires to correct this problem. Tire rotation promotes even tire wear, which subsequently improves both fuel economy and braking power. 

Balanced Wheels Enjoy Better Handling

When a vehicle has a wheel that is out of balance, one section of that wheel is heavier than the other sections. This imbalance makes it difficult for the vehicle to handle normally. To fix this problem, an automotive repair shop will put the wheel on a machine that locates the section that is abnormally weighted. Then, to put the wheel back in balance, the mechanics will put a weight on the opposite side of the wheel. With all four wheels balanced, the driver will enjoy better handling and traction, especially at highway speeds.

Wheel Balancing and Rotations Improve Safety

With properly balanced wheels and rotated tires, a vehicle will be less likely to experience a loss of traction, a rollover, or a blowout. To make sure your vehicle is safe, wheel balancing and tire rotation services should be performed at the same time every 6,000 to 10,000 miles.

If you have any questions about wheel balancing and rotations, call Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair of Atlanta. To see our five locations in the Atlanta metro area, and to learn more about all of the automotive repair services we offer, visit our website or call us at (404) 252-9895.


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