Balincing Wheels vs Aligment
Tire alignment corrects the angle of your wheels by adjusting your vehicle’s suspension. This helps maintain proper tread wear and precise steering. Your tire alignment should be checked annually, or when you notice abnormal tire wear, a crooked steering wheel, or a drift in the steering system.
Should I Drive On A Flat Tire?
However, it may be necessary to travel a short distance on a flat tire when pulling over to the side of the road. But driving on a flat tire is a surefire way to put your passengers at risk and seriously damage your vehicle. Not only does driving on a flat tire dangerously decrease your vehicle’s handling, but it may also cause structural damage to the wheel, brakes, alignment, and potentially other components like your suspension and steering system. It may be tempting to “limp” your car to the nearest repair shop, but by driving on a flat, you’ll likely end up paying to repair much more than just the tire.
So if you’re not supposed to drive on a flat, what should you do instead? The first thing to do is safely maneuver to the side of the road so you can address the problem properly. From there, you’ve got a few options.
First, you can either replace the flat with your spare tire or use an emergency sealant to fill any punctures. It’s worth noting, however, that emergency sealants typically only seal tires with punctures that are ¼ inch or smaller. They will not help if your tire is shredded, blown out, or has a large puncture.
How To Avoid Driving On A Flat Tire
Check Tire Pressure Monthly
Be sure to check tire pressure when the tires are “cold,” meaning at least three hours after driving. Not only can driving with underinflated tires lead to lower fuel efficiency, but they are more prone to wear and punctures as well.
Your Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) may not warn you about low tire pressure until a tire loses a significant amount of air or if all tires are equally low, and visual inspection can be tricky many tires lose as much as half of their pressure before appearing flattered.
It’s best to use a tire pressure gauge to regularly check that your tires are at the manufacturer-recommended pressure (you can find this information in your owner’s manual or inside the driver-side door jamb).
Inspect & Rotate Tires Regularly
It’s also smart to visually inspect your tires regularly for tread wear and signs of damage. Tires should have a minimum of 3/32 inches of tread depth to be safe and should be free from cracking bulging sidewalls, or bubbles.
Don’t Surpass The Tire Load Limit
Always be mindful of how much weight you are loading your car with and, if necessary, increase your tire pressure to handle the increased weight, but do not exceed the maximum tire pressure.
Watch For Road Hazards
Equip Your Vehicle With Run-flat Tires
Run-flats tires are self-supporting in the event of sudden tire pressure loss. With reinforced sidewalls and cutting-edge bead technology, these tires can support the weight of your vehicle for up to 50 miles and up to 50 MPH after a puncture. Run-flat tires give you the peace of mind to know you and your family won’t be stranded on the side of the road if you get a flat.
Smaller Tires: What Are The Pros?
Since smaller tires spin faster, they require higher engine RPMs than larger tires when driving at the same speed. Additionally, smaller tires may directionally provide more towing power than larger tires since they may transfer more of their torque to the ground, but the engine may spin faster and run hotter trying to stay at that speed.
Smaller tires can boost the aesthetic of your vehicle by lowering your car to the road. However, equipping your car or truck with smaller tires for aesthetic purposes may alter the performance of your vehicle.
Smaller Tires: What Are The Cons?
Making the change to smaller tires may require a lowering kit or springs, arms, brackets, stabilizing bars, and shocks. With all of these modifications, you may be looking at interference with your car’s sensors and computers plus, a hefty price tag.
Smaller tires can cause inaccurate information from your speedometer and odometer, create transmission shifting issues, cause anti-lock brakes to malfunction, and may even trip your check engine light. Smaller tires can also cause issues with the (ADAS) Advances Driver Assistant System as well as issues with proper alignment.
Smaller tires can make your vehicle ride lower, causing the vehicle to scrape, collide with, or bottom out on items that it should otherwise clear think speed bumps, entrances into parking lots, rough intersections, and roadway debris.
Additionally, the added torque from smaller wheels could cause your tires to age and wear out sooner since they’re rotating faster and engaging with the pavement more per mile than a manufacturer-recommended tire size would. Likewise, if the overall tire diameter remains the same but the rim size is smaller, you need to be careful to ensure vehicle hardware like brake rotors and calipers still have clearance so the wheel can rotate.
Why You Need Properly Balanced Tires?
How to Tell if Tires Need Balancing:
• Your steering wheel vibrates at highway speeds.
• You feel your seat or floorboard vibrating at highway speeds.
• You notice scalloped or cupped wear patterns on your tires.
What’s included when we do tire balance?
• Removing all of your tires and wheels
• Mounting and balancing each wheel using state-of-the-art equipment
• Spinning each wheel to make sure the weight of the wheel and tire are balanced evenly around the axle
• Detecting, locating and removing any imbalances
• Carefully replacing the wheels on your car
How Important is Balancing Your Tires?
A wheel balance carefully performed by one of our expert technicians can help return equilibrium and aid in decreasing any vibration you might feel in your steering wheel, seat, or floorboard. It also helps in proper tread wear and a longer life for your tires.
How Often Should You Balance Your Tires?
Why is a Tire Rotation Important?
What does it mean to Rotate Tires?
How Often Do Tires Need Rotated?
What’s included when doing a tire rotation?
If based on our recommendation, you decide on a rotation, our next step will be to help preserve the life of your tires with a service that includes:
• Removing your tires
• Carefully inspecting their tread-wear patterns
• Rotating your tires to the positions recommended by your vehicle manufacturer
• Inflate tires to specifications
• Resetting your tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) as needed this an important step because the vehicle will alert you when a tire is low on air and it will also let you which one.
When, why and how to check tire pressure
• Your tire makes squealing noises when you turn.
• Your tire looks deflated and more rounded on the sides.
• Your tire pressure monitoring system light is on.
What’s Included with a Tire Pressure Check?
• Checking for under- or over-inflated tires
• Inspecting your tires for signs of pressure-related damage, such as leaks or premature tread wear.
• Returning your tire pressure to a PSI that meets your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations
Why is it Important to Maintain Proper Tire Air Pressure?
• Improve safety and handling
• Increase fuel economy
• Decrease tread wear
• Reduce braking distance
• Reduce harmful emissions
How Often Should I Check Tire Pressure?
How Do I Know I Need My Tire Pressure Sensors Checked?
• Low Tire Pressure: The vehicle’s tire pressure is frequently low regardless of outside temperature
• TPMS Reset: The TPMS Light was not reset during a recent service appointment
What’s Included in our TPMS Light and Sensor Service?
• Perform a systems test on all of your sensors to see if they’re in working order,
• Help ensure your tires are the proper tire air pressure,
• Perform a tire pressure sensor replacement or a TPMS reset of any malfunctioning sensors, and,
• Discuss any additional recommended repairs you may wish to make, and any costs involved.
What is a TPMS Sensor and What Does it Do?
Benefits of a TPMS check include helping to:
• Improve vehicle safety and handling
• Decrease premature tread wear
• Maximize fuel economy
• Reduce CO2 emissions
• Reduce braking distance
When Should I Have my Tire Pressure Sensors Checked?
Understanding the Tire Pressure Monitoring System
What Are All-weather Tires?
Winter Tires Vs. All-season Tires
Although you’d think they’d be the same, all-weather and all-season tires aren’t twins. All-weather tires are typically better equipped to handle snow and ice than all-season tires, while winter tires are best designed for only snow and icy conditions.
Are All-weather Tires Better Than All-season Tires?
Another benefit is that all-weather tires offer versatility in places where the weather can be wintry one day and spring-like just a day later. They are an ideal balance between winter and all-season tires, and they typically last longer than either winter or summer tires.
What Is Tpms? Tire Position Monitor System
What Does The Tpms Light Mean?
Tpms Light Turns On While Driving
Tpms Keeps Turning On And Off
Tpms Light Flashes And Then Stays On
Why Does My Car Need An Alignment?
When Should You Get an Alignment?
• Your tires or tread are worn on one edge the surest sign of misaligned wheels.
• Your vehicle pulls left or right when you’re cruising a straight, smooth road.
• Your steering wheel shimmies, feels loose, or is hard to turn.
• Your tires begin to squeal when turning.
• When your vehicle is trying to go to one side while trying drive straight.
• We recommend alignment check on every oil change to make sure is within specifications.
These are few of the Benefits that your vehicle will have with a good alignment.
Fewer Auto Repairs
What Are Some Misalignment Issues I Can Remedy Myself?
• If you have too much weight loading down your back end, that lowers your vehicle height, throwing off your alignment. Remove what you don’t need, and make sure to have your alignment check since your alignment can’t adjust itself.
• Maintain correct air pressure in your tires.
• Embrace conservative driving. It will place less strain on steering and suspension components which are key to maintaining proper alignment.
Why Is A Wheel Alignment Important?
How Do Vehicles Go Off Wheel Alignment?
Wheel alignment can be thrown off by:
• Hitting the curb
• Mechanical wear on suspension or steering components.
• Bumping into concrete parking stalls
• Flat tire or under inflated.
• Fair wear and tear as vehicles age, rubber components start cracking or lose their elasticity and ball and socket joints develop looseness. They start to give a little more, progressively getting slightly worse over time.
What Happens If I Don’t Do The Alignment On My Car?
How Often Should I Have My Alignment Checked?
Do Vehicles Have Different Types Of Alignment Specifications?
Did you know? We use a special computerized alignment machine pre-loaded with every vehicle’s alignment specifications. Once the vehicle type is determined, the high-tech and precise measuring begin. Upon completion, you’ll receive a printout displaying the vehicle manufacturer’s alignment angle specifications, what your angles are before adjustments were made, and where it stands after adjustments are made.
To ensure they work properly, these advanced safety features require special attention. Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems rely on input from a variety of sensors to help them make decisions about the direction and speed of your vehicle. In cars with ADAS, one misaligned wheel or misdirected sensor could cause unnecessary emergency braking, poor self-parking performance, or an outright dangerous situation! many ADAS-enabled vehicle manufacturers recommend a specialized wheel alignment process. However, this information isn’t widely known. Follow along as we go into more detail about ADAS, ADAS alignments, and how they differ from a typical alignment.
What Makes Advanced Driver-assistance Systems Unique?
Does My Car Have Adas?
• Look around the car. If your vehicle has cameras, it probably has one or multiple ADAS features. Common areas to check are on the tailgate, the bottom of the side view mirrors, on the outside of the rearview mirror, and on the front bumper of the vehicle.
How Is An Adas Vehicle Alignment Different?
This alignment not only adjusts the three angles of the tire, but it also calibrates the ADAS cameras, sensors, and radar that help control the computerized components. These components rely on proper alignment of the vehicle and they may not function correctly if the vehicle is out of alignment.For instance, some rear camera systems track your wheel angle to display the path your vehicle will travel as you reverse. If the camera isn’t calibrated correctly or the steering wheel is out of alignment, the camera will show an improper image and potentially turn a safety feature into a hazardous situation.
When getting a Safety Systems Alignment, there are a few things to note.
– It requires special equipment. Standard wheel alignment equipment can capture the slightest angle change in a wheel. But to ensure those angles and all the cameras and sensors that rely on them are correct, your wheels need to be aligned and calibrated with high-tech equipment.
– It requires highly skilled technicians. Safety Systems Alignments are done by highly skilled technicians who are trained to know how to calibrate every sensor, camera, radar, or laser your vehicle might have.
– It requires additional time. Since a Safety Systems Alignment involves both a wheel alignment and an ADAS calibration, it takes more time than a standard alignment to ensure everything is on par with the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications.