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How do you tell if your tires need to be rotated or balanced?

When your tires are out of rotation or are unbalanced it can make your driving experience uncomfortable. So, how do you tell if your tires need to be rotated or balanced? Although it is recommended to get this service every two years, there are a few simple signs to look for as well. Keep reading to find out!

Signs your tires are out of rotation or unbalanced

So, what signs should you look for to figure out if your tires are out of rotation or unbalanced? There are only a few things that you need to look for.

Uneven wear- One way tires can have uneven wear is by keeping your four tires in the same spot for years, causing some tires to wear out faster or treads in individual tires could wear out faster. Front tires tend to wear out faster due to carrying the weight of the engine, taking care of all the steering duties, and the car shifting forward when braking.

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Losing pressure- Although losing small amounts of pressure is normal, about 1-3, it can also be a warning sign. If you check your tire pressure and one tire is at a lower pressure than the other three, it could be having too much weight on it. This is another problem cause by vehicle weight not being distributed evenly. However, it is important to make sure that pressure loss is not due to a leak or a puncture.

Vehicle vibration- If your car starts to vibrate at higher speeds, starting at 45 mph, your tires may be out of rotation or unbalanced. If you feel the vibration all over, your tires need to be rotated. However, if you feel it in the steering wheel, floorboard or seat, your tires need to be balanced.  If you are feeling more of a wobble rather than a shaking feeling, you may have a bad tire.

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Tire rotation and balance services in Scottsdale, AZ

Now that you know the warning signs to look for, you’ll need to find the best service. Find tire rotation and balance services at our Mercedes-Benz dealership in Scottsdale, AZ. Our team uses state of the art Road Force Balancing equipment to maximize the life of your tires. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!