Your wheels and tires do more than just roll your car forward, they are integral parts of your vehicle’s overall performance, safety, and handling. In order to keep those wheels turning, there are certain maintenance services that need to be performed and they include wheel alignments and tire balancing. At Route 11 Automotive Repair our mechanics are alignment experts and we proudly offer road force balancing.
Wheel Alignment Harrisonburg, VA
While tires are expected to wear out over time, improper alignment can actually speed up the process. When your wheels are aligned it encourages even tire wear so that you don’t end up having to purchase a new set before you planned to. But alignment affects more than just tire wear. Properly aligned wheels give you optimal control over your steering and, in turn, your vehicle.
When to Schedule an Alignment
At Route 11 Automotive Repair, we recommend having your wheel alignment inspected at least once a year for any potential issues. That being said, there are also times that you should schedule an alignment between inspections. These times include:
- If you notice excessive or uneven tire wear.
- You’ve been in an accident or you suspect your wheels were knocked out of line by a pothole or bump in the road.
- Your car is pulling to the left or right instead of staying straight.
- Your steering wheel is crooked or off-center.
- There is new or excessive vibration movement in your steering wheel.
Road Force Tire Balancing Harrisonburg, VA
Like improper wheel alignment, unbalanced tires cause excessive and uneven tire wear and compromise the handling of your vehicle. Balancing your tires will result in a smoother ride and minimize wheel vibration.
At Route 11 Automotive Repair, we take it a step further with road force balancing which is also referred to as ride-matching. This advanced tire balancing technology doesn’t just balance your tire it addresses any force variations that may be present. Giving you the best ride possible.
When to Have Your Tires Balanced
Your tire balancing schedule depends heavily on the tire itself. Some brands of tire hold their balance longer than others. The best way to determine whether or not it is time to have your tires balanced is to consult with one of our road force tire balancing experts. There are also some things that will alert you that your tires are off-balance. These signs include:
- New or excessive steering wheel vibration.
- Vibrations coming from your seats or floorboards when you are driving at higher speeds.
- Tire wear patterns that are scalloped or cupped.
If you are overdue for an alignment or have any concerns about your vehicle’s alignment your tire’s balance, call Route 11 Automotive Repair to schedule an appointment today.