Tire Truing and Balancing are Essential
Did you know that new tires are not perfectly round? New tires are actually more of an oval or egg shape, and this creates the need to get your tires trued. Tire truing involves using a lathe-type machine to gradually shave excess rubber off of a tire to make it perfectly round. Making a tire perfectly round will improve the life expectancy of your tire, increase your fuel efficiency, and provide a smoother ride. Here at Rod’s, we have the patience and expertise to professionally handle the truing process.
Once we’ve rounded your tires, we can then high speed balance them to further improve their efficiency. If you’re not sure whether tire balancing is worth the investment or not, consider some current industry trends. Vehicles are being made lighter almost every year. The weight of older, heavier cars actually helped make their ride smoother by pushing down vibrations. Their suspensions were also softer which had the same effect. Now consider modern tires — they are generally more responsive with lower profiles to be more stylish and performance-oriented. A driver in a modern car will feel the slightest tire imbalance — as little as half an ounce. Not only does this make the ride less enjoyable, it adds more wear to multiple parts of your car.
Improve the Lifetime of Your Tires
Imbalances create “heavy spots” and “light spots” on your tires. Where those spots appear depends on what kind of imbalance you have. A static imbalance creates a hopping or up and down vibration while a dynamic imbalance creates a wobbly or side to side vibration. Heavy spots created by both imbalances cause excessive friction and therefore a lot more heat. It’s common knowledge that excessive heat and car parts can mean expensive repairs or replacements.
You spend hundreds of dollars on your tires. Protect your tires and your wallet by keeping your tires trued and balanced.