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Tire Rotation And Balancing

Vehicle tires last longer with regular tire rotation and wheel balancing.

Pic of tires needing rotated and balanced in Bedford

Tire rotation

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.

The staff 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 are rotated 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.

Wheel Balancing

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.
Did you know that all of the service professionals at Townhill Auto service in Bedford are ASE Master certified mechanics? These dealer trained technicians really know their cars. Certified in all makes and models these professionals can easily diagnose and repair anything; from the smallest leak to a major repair. Back that with being a Napa Certified Service Center you can have peace in mind that every repair uses the highest quality parts with industry-leading warranties.If you're getting bad vibes from your vehicle, bring it in to Town Hill Auto Sales and Service in Bedford to see if it's a balance issue or something else. Drivers should balance the wheels whenever they get a new tire or remount a tire when it's been removed for a flat repair.

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