Tire Rotation & Balancing
Tire Rotation vs Tire Balancing: What’s The Difference?
It’s not surprising that to hear that tires are the piece of a car that need replacing the most often. Tires experience a high-level of friction with everyday use. You may hear of the terms “tire rotation” and “tire balancing” when you come in for an oil change, but what does each term even mean? We’ll outline the difference between the two below.
Just know that TLS Motorworks will never sell you on service you don’t need. If your vehicle doesn’t need a tire rotation at the time of service, you won’t be sold on a tire rotation service.
What Is A Tire Rotation?
A tire rotation is when we move around the order of your tires. For example, taking the back two tires and placing them up front, and vice versa. It may also be as simple as switching tires from left to right.
What Is Tire Balancing?
Tire balancing is something that should be done every time you get your tires rotated. Balancing your tires makes sure that the combined weight of your wheel and tire are evenly distributed. This is a process that does require special equipment, all of which our technicians have access to at TLS Motorworks.
Hot days in Atlanta will cause tires to wear down at a faster rate during summer months. You may feel your vehicle start to shake as a result.
Why Is It Important To Rotate Your Tires?
Tires wear down as you drive due to friction. However, it is important to note that your tires will not wear down at the same rate. In fact, we rarely see instances where tires do wear down evenly. Perhaps you carry a lot of weight in your trunk. That will cause more stress on your back tires, wearing them down quicker. Having your tires rotated could bring your front tires (with the least amount of wear) to the back, and your back tires (with more wear) to the front. This will even out the wearing process as you continue to drive.
When you then come in for your regularly scheduled oil change, we’ll look at the tread of your tires. If it looks like it is time to rotate the configuration, we will do that for you. If they appear to be fine as is, great – no extra service needed! In summary, having your tires rotated will allow them to wear down more evenly, extending the overall life of your tires.
Tire Rotation & Balancing Service in Atlanta, GA
We recommend having your tires rotated when you bring your vehicle in for an oil change. What we mean to say is, we will look to see if your tires actually need rotating at that time. From there, we will let you know what we think. We’ll even show you how the wear is different between your tires if you’d like.
If you notice your car shaking or even veering to one direction while driving, you may need a wheel alignment service as well. If you’re car is behaving this way, it’s best to schedule an appointment so the team at TLS Motorworks can properly diagnose your issue. Schedule your appointment below.