If you own a vehicle, you probably know that caring for all car components is essential to help make sure it lasts as long as possible doesn’t leave you stranded. One critical part of a healthy vehicle is a set of tires that are in the best possible condition.
Tires in good condition contribute to you staying safe while on the road. Since faulty tires can increase the risk of an accident, having your tires serviced by the experienced professionals at Victor’s Tires and Custom Wheels is a good idea. The best way to keep your tires safe and long-lasting is through regular tire rotations, alignments, and balancing.
Like many other parts of your vehicle, tires wear out over time. Tire rotations, alignments, and balancing can help stretch out that time as long as possible.
Let’s take a look at each of these essential components of proper tire maintenance in more detail.
In addition to regular tire alignments, it is also important to regularly rotate your vehicle’s tires. A tire rotation ensures that your tires last as long as possible by allowing every tire on your car to wear evenly. It also gives you the best tread on your tires where your vehicle needs it most.
Tire rotations come in many forms, so if you want to learn more about your options or already have a preference, it is crucial to speak to the operator who is servicing your vehicle.
Depending on your vehicle’s drivetrain, you can tell that your tires need rotating when either your front or rear tires have less tread depth. But even if you don’t notice this, it is good practice to get your tires rotated every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.
Aligning your tires provides many benefits. It can prolong your tires’ life, make your car more manageable and more comfortable to handle, boost your car’s performance, and improve your gas mileage. The critical thing to remember is that, despite the term, aligning your tires does not involve work on your vehicle’s tires. Instead, when we align your tires, what we are working on is your vehicle’s suspension. We are adjusting the suspension so that the angle of your tires is what it should be for the tires to make contact with the road correctly.
So, how you know when your tires need to be aligned? The answer lies in what kind of wear your tires show. If your tires have uneven wear, which means that the tires on one side of your car have more wear than the tires on the other side, that means that your tires are out of alignment.
You also might ask yourself how often you should align your tires. If you notice signs of uneven wear, then you should align your tires right away. Otherwise, it is good practice to have your tires aligned at least once per year.
Here at Victor’s Tires and Custom Wheels, we understand that a car or truck’s proper tire alignment is complex. Therefore, we perform a computerized alignment on all the vehicles we service. This alignment involves the use of computers that determine the correct suspension settings for your car. Proper alignment means happy, safe tires!
The last component of strong, healthy tires, is getting them balanced. Among other benefits, balanced tires help reduce vibration in your vehicle’s suspension. Some signs that your tires need balancing include noticing vibration while driving or a wear pattern in your tires that “skips.” At Victor’s Tires, we use weights at specific points in your wheel to perform our tire balances, and this reduces the “wobbling effect” often seen with tires that are out of balance.
It is a good idea to have your tires balanced every time that you have them rotated. If you notice any of the signs of unbalanced tires mentioned above, you should have them balanced right away.
Victor’s Tires and Custom Wheels in Salt Lake City and the surrounding area is a locally owned company specializing in proper tire maintenance. We use high-quality equipment to perform all of our work, and we understand the importance of taking good care of your car so that it takes good care of you. Tire wear involves some factors that are hard to control, such as how much you drive and the conditions of the road that you use. But getting your tires aligned regularly, rotated, and balanced is something you can do easily with help from the experts at Victor’s Tires and Custom Wheels.