In normal driving around Bedford your front tires wear more on the shoulders because they handle much of the cornering forces in turns. Front-wheel drive vehicles have even more force on the front tires.
at Town Hill Auto Sales and Service in Bedford
can rotate the tires
, ensuring that all of the tires do some duty on the front end as well as getting a little break on the back end. That way, all four tires wear more evenly over their life and last longer.
For most vehicles tires
front to back. Some recommend a cross rotational pattern that includes the spare tire, and some high-performance vehicles have different size tires on the front and rear and may even have uni-directional tires that can only be on the left or the right side of the vehicle. Your friendly and knowledgeable Town Hill Auto Sales and Service advisor
can help you sort that out so that our technicians
will perform the right tire rotation
for your vehicle.
Your tire manufacturer will have a recommendation for how often you should rotate your tires.
Let's move on to wheel balancing
. That's when there are heavy spots on the tire and wheel that cause it to wobble.
Balancing adds weights to the wheel to balance it out. Now, we are talking about very small weight differences. Variations in the tire and wheel manufacture can cause a slight imbalance. The valve stem, and now the tire pressure monitoring sensors in the tire, also play into the equation.
Even small differences can cause annoying vibrations when driving at speed: the wheel is essentially bouncing a bit as it goes down the road. For example, at Bedford speeds, an out of balance wheel can be slamming into the road 14 times a second. That's annoying and can cause tires to wear out more quickly.
If a front wheel's out of balance you'll feel the vibration through the steering wheel. When it's a rear tire, you'll feel the vibration through your seat.
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