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Tire Balancing in Wilmington, DE
Tire Balancing is important to extend the life of your tires, as well as increase the basic safety of your vehicle. Kirkwood Auto Center offers quality affordable tire balancing in Wilmington, DE.
What it does: Out of balance tires can lead to uneven wear, vibration, and potentially unsafe driving performance. It is very important to balance tires frequently based on your car's requirements.
What You Need To Know About Tire Balancing
It doesn’t take much in the way of a tire balance problem to cause a noticeable vibration while you’re driving. Even normal tire wear can cause a problem with tire balance, as the rotating mass of the tire changes due to less rubber on the tread area. All it can take is 1/8 of an ounce of imbalance to cause a wheel balancing problem.
The balance problem will become apparent through vibration. It might be a slight vibration at all speed ranges, a vibration that only shows up between certain speeds or a bone-rattling shake that starts as soon as you start rolling. It might be felt through the steering wheel, through the seatback, the gas pedal or the floorboard, but it’ll be an unmistakable vibration nonetheless.
There are a few different methods for balancing a wheel and tire. The oldest is to set the tire on a jig with a liquid-filled glass capsule in the center. The capsule has a bubble in it, and the technician sets wheel weights at various spots until the bubble is dead center in the capsule (like using a carpenter’s level). Other methods include road-force balancing and spin balancing, both of which are a little more accurate than static balancing.
If left too long, the vibration from an out-of-balance wheel can start causing all sorts of other problems. It can harm wheel bearings, CV joints, and half shafts and even steering components over enough time and enough thousands of miles, turning a simple wheel balancing job into a major repair.
At Kirkwood Auto Center, tire balancing for life is included free of charge with the purchase of any set of tires!
Get Your Tires Balanced at Kirkwood Auto Center
Don’t just put up with that vibration, because one thing’s for sure – it’s not going to just magically get better again on its own. Make an appointment with us at Kirkwood Auto Center, let us figure out where that vibration and roughness is coming from, and then perform a tire balancing job on all four wheels. You’ll notice the difference right away and you’ll again have a vehicle that’s a pleasure to drive.