Balancing| Rotation & Alignment
The scope of work:
- Balance and rotate all 4 tires.
- Suspension check.
- Tire pressures.
- Visual alignment check including control arms, bars and other components.
Recommendations to Maximize Tire Life
Tires are a big investment financially as well as for performance and safety reasons. For these reasons you’ll need to ensure you do all the things you can to prolong their life and continue to get good gas mileage and performance. You can get the most out of your tires with routine maintenance and by following these tips from TJF
Tire pressure should be checked once a month. Remember to check once your tires are cold and have not been driven in more than 2 kilometers or during the last 3 hours. This is because air is a gas and it contracts when cold. If your tires are overheated you will get an elevated reading. This is why it’s also important to check your tires regularly in winter. Tires can lose 1 psi (pound per square inch) per month and additional loss in air pressure can result with drops in temperature. Also, make sure you do more than just look at your tires. A 10 psi drop can easily go unnoticed. So be sure you have a good gauge and inflate your tires to the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure, which should be in your manual or driver’s side door edge.
Front tires endure extra wear because the outer edges are in contact with the road more when turning. To get the most out of your tires be sure to rotate them as recommended within your owner’s manual. This will help your tires wear more evenly, and result in a safer and more consistent drive.
Purchase new tires in pairs or in sets of four at our tire repair shop, because mixing new tires with old (or different types) can lead to poor handling. Furthermore it is crucial that they’re the same size, and that the speed rating and load carrying capabilities meet or exceed your original tires’ load capacity.
Most people do not realize that new tires require an initial break-in period. A lubricant is applied during manufacturing to prevent them from sticking to their mold. Remnants of this lubricant can remain on your tire and affect traction. It will eventually be removed through friction with the road, but it’s well worth being aware of when you first install new tires.