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WTC Expert Insight: The Importance of Balanced Wheel Assemblies


By Michael Lusso, Hennessy Industries

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Balancing your tires is an important aspect of vehicle maintenance that often goes overlooked. It helps ensure a smooth and comfortable ride, improves fuel efficiency, extends the life of your tires and enhances the safety of your vehicle.

When a tire is unbalanced, it can cause vibrations and uneven wear, which can lead to premature tire failure. An unbalanced tire can also affect the suspension and steering components, causing them to wear out more quickly. This can result in costly repairs and potentially dangerous driving conditions. 

Balancing your tires can also improve fuel efficiency. An unbalanced tire generates more friction, which requires the engine to work harder and consume more fuel. By ensuring that all four tires are properly balanced, you can reduce the amount of drag and improve the overall efficiency of your vehicle. 

Additionally, balanced tires can provide a smoother ride, reducing the wear and tear on your vehicle and making it more comfortable to drive. It can also enhance the safety of your vehicle by improving handling and stability, particularly at high speeds. 

Regularly balancing your tires is an important step in maintaining your vehicle. It's a simple and affordable step that can make a big difference in the overall performance and longevity of your vehicle.