Properly mounted and balanced tires are what keeps a vehicle safely on the road. They also provide a more comfortable ride, increased fuel efficiency, and longer life by ensuring the tread wears evenly while driving. For a professional mount and balance, tires in Alexandria, VA need Wiygul Automotive.
Depending on the manufacturer’s recommendation and the individual’s driving habits, vehicle owners need to bring in their cars, trucks, or SUVs every 6,000 to 8,000 miles to have their tires balanced. If they do not perform this task, then the tire tread quickly begins to wear unevenly, which leads to other problems and, eventually, a failure of one or more tires when driving. At the cost of only $20 per wheel, Wiygul Automotive Clinics are far cheaper than waiting for a tow truck on the side of the road.
It is sometimes necessary to balance tires ahead of a routine schedule as well. If your daily commute takes you through road construction, the rough surface increases the road vibration that can cause not only discomfort for the driver but also knock the tires into an off-balance condition. It can also knock the vehicle out of alignment, leading to damage of the steering and suspension mechanisms. It only takes one large pothole to ruin your day and force a trip to your mechanic.
When that happens, there are several things you can watch out for to know when to make that service appointment.
Rough Handling – This happens first at highway speeds, but for a local driver who rarely gets off surface streets, difficulty turning at any speed means you have a problem.
Shaking Steering Wheel – If this happens, especially when accelerating, then one or both of your front tires are out of balance.
Excessive Vibrations – If your vehicle begins to vibrate enough that it still shakes the wheel while you are gripping it tightly, this is a sign that the front tires, and probably the rear tires as well, are out of balance.
Uneven Tread Wear – This is the last sign that the tires are out of balance, but is often the first one that vehicle owners notice. The most common uneven pattern is the inside or outside edge of the tire wearing down more quickly than the entire tread. Other wear patterns are when one side wears down more quickly, or the tread wears down faster in the middle.
To combat all this with a professional mount and balance, tires for our Alexandria, VA customers are inspected carefully, along with the wheels, for imperfections and damage. Mechanics use the latest machinery that carefully aligns the tire and wheel for best operation.
If you need new tires, a mount and balance are required for each one for the best driving experience. If you haven’t balanced your tires since Spring here in Alexandria, VA, you need to bring in your vehicle for an inspection and service. To schedule an appointment, call our offices today at 866-702-8050