Tire Rotation and Balance – Why is it Important!

On the user’s end most people are not well trained to handle their vehicles according to owner’s manual template. They sometimes overlook important aspects in order to keep their vehicle running smoothly. It’s crucial to remember that vehicles need simple precautions to prevent over spending in terms of maintenance. One of the most neglected aspect on the user’s end is scheduled tire rotation. A simple practice that does not need more than an hour of your time without spending a single penny. No need of any technical background if otherwise the vehicle is serviceable yet recommended to carry out checks as per owner’s manual.

Tire Rotation

Every five to seven thousand miles is the ultimate limit to rotate tires. It not only increases life by sharing wear and tear of tires but also aids a smooth drive. The most widely practiced pattern of tire rotation is repositioning them in cross manner i.e. replacing front right with rear left and front left with rear right. Northside Radiator and Auto Care offers the best servicing environment and skillful work force who takes care of standard operating procedures while working on your vehicle. We have state of the art equipment for inspecting different components in the grid during tire rotation process which include servicing of complete suspension system. Components of suspension system that require functional checks and servicing during tire rotation are:-

  • Tires for upper layer wear, tear and recommended tire pressure.
  • Road springs for cracks, tensioning, and tightness
  • Shock absorbers for leakage, seepage and tightness
  • Struts for threads and
  • Arms for corrosion, bend and housing
  • Bars for corrosion and bend
  • Linkages for grip and lubrication
  • Bushings for wear and tear
  • Ball joints for proper functioning

Wheel Balancing

As the title depicts wheel balancing refers to balancing weight of circumference of the wheel. When wheels are rotating, a centrifugal force is produced. In an ideal situation this centrifugal force is applied on the wheel in a balanced manner but in case of any imbalance, an extra force is exerted on that specific area of the wheel. This additional force is a severe damage for tires life, components of suspension system and of course road safety which means safety of your life and people nearby you. Wheel balancing is an important factor for comfortable driving especially while driving high speed to prevent wobble which affects your control on the vehicle. It also reduces wear and tear of tires and safeguards the entire suspension system against components malfunctioning or damage which to a great extent depends upon wheel balancing.

When wheel balancing is required

  • When fitting new tires
  • When tire rotation is carried out
  • After wheel alignment
  • When steering wheel wobbles on high speed

What Happens If Scheduled Wheel Balancing Is Not Carried Out?

You are safe until you have a strict control over steering of the car you are driving. A minor mistake can bring a drastic twist in the situation not only for you but for others too. Consider yourself in a vehicle on a highway which needs wheel balancing. You are not only a threat to your life but also sabotaging efforts of those who maintain a disciplined approach towards car serviceability. What are the possibilities on a high speed journey:-

  • Threat to road safety
  • Hard steering control
  • Wobbling above 60 kmph
  • Danger of suspension system or a component of suspension system
  • Oil leakage from suspension system
  • Wear and tear of tires
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