Tire Balancing & Rotation
For better stability and fuel economy
increase the performance of your vehicle
Tire Rotation & Balancing Services
Maintaining the quality and performance of your tires with proper inflation, tire rotation, and balancing improves many aspects of your vehicle. Omaha Discount Tires, a locally-owned business, provides tire rotation and balancing as well as other tire services and is dedicated to ensure that we provide convenient and affordable tire maintenance services in Omaha.
Tire Rotation and Balancing Package: $65
Rotate tires: $40
Understanding why Tire Rotation is necessary
Tires need to be rotated to even out wear. Front and rear tires carry different loads on most vehicles. Front tires carry a slightly heavier load and tend to wear faster than rear tires. The front-right tire wears faster than the front-left tire because we tend to take left turns faster than we take right turns. Who knew?! And in front-wheel drive vehicles, the front tires wear out almost twice as fast as the rear tires.
You’re gambling with your safety by not rotating your tires. Uneven tire wear can lead to poor handling, making a flat tire or complete tire failure more likely to happen. Regular tire rotations can make sure your tires are as dedicated as you are. Stop by In and Out for a tire rotation or call us to schedule your appointment foe a tire rotation at a time that’s most convenient for you!
When and Why Tire Balancing is Important
You may need to have your tires balanced if you experience vibration in your steering wheel or shaking and swaying while driving. Tire balancing is a specific type of tire maintenance that makes sure your tires and wheels spin more evenly.
During balancing, a technician uses a high-speed balancer and wheel weights to evenly redistribute the weight of a tire and wheel assembly. This process eliminates or minimizes steering vibrations to ensure a smooth ride. It also reduces wear and tear on suspension components. For optimal tire performance and lifespan, we recommend having your tires balanced every 6,000 miles.
TYPES OF TIRE IMBALANCES
An imbalance occurs whenever a tire and wheel assembly’s distribution of mass becomes uneven. Imbalances are common because tires and wheels are not perfectly round, despite their appearance. Placed together, the tire and wheel’s absolute center of gravity almost never matches the assembly center. This unevenness causes vibration as the assembly spins on its center against the offset center of gravity. The vibration occurs continuously as the tire and wheel spin together on either the vehicle or the balancer.
There are two types of imbalances: static imbalances and dynamic imbalances. Static imbalances occur when a light or heavy spot prevents the tire from rolling evenly, causing the tire and wheel to vibrate in an up-and-down motion. Dynamic imbalances occur when unequal weight, on one or both sides of the tire’s lateral centerline, causes a side-to-side vibration. Most out of balance tires and wheels suffer from both types of imbalance at the same time.
ADD TIRE BALANCING TO YOUR ROUTINE OR PLANNED AUTO CARE
Some drivers have their tires balanced only after they notice vibrations in their steering wheel. Balancing corrects these vibrations in most cases, but it also benefits tire tread life when performed at regular intervals. Regular balancing reduces the chance of an imbalance causing irregular or uneven tread wear. We recommend that drivers have their tires balanced every 6000 miles, instead of only after a problem appears.
Balancing provides significant benefits for modern vehicles, which feature more composite materials in their construction and, therefore, weigh less than their predecessors. Additionally, consumer trends in today’s tire market includes more responsive tires with lower profiles. These stylish performance tires often feature narrower sidewalls that lack the mass to resist imbalances and vibrations. The plus-sized tires and wheels popular among today’s drivers have an even greater sensitivity to imbalances.
Modern cars and tires are prone to imbalances, even to the point where half an ounce of uneven weight can cause a driver to feel a vibration which makes regular balancing a priority. Have your tires inspected if you notice a vibration in your steering wheel, seat, or floorboard while driving at highway speeds. You may also need your tires rebalanced if you notice irregular tread wear.