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Thom's Four Wheel Drive

How Tire Rotations, Wheel Balancing, and Wheel Alignment Service Can Help You Save Money

It should be no surprise that you’re probably already familiar with these services, especially tire rotations. These tire maintenance items are your ticket to saving money on buying tires in the long run. When you swap your tire’s positioning and ensure their weight is evenly distributed, they will wear more evenly over time. To extend the life of your tires, make sure you have these services done at Thom’s Four Wheel Drive.

Benefits of Tire Rotations

Tire rotations are a necessary maintenance item because the front tires on nearly all cars, SUVs, and trucks wear faster than the rear tires. This occurs naturally because the front tires take on more of the steering and braking force. Tire rotations reduce the effects of this problem by changing the set-up of your tires. When you swap your front and rear tires on a regular basis, they will wear more evenly. Our technicians can perform tire rotations to meet your automaker’s specifications. Most manufacturers recommend having this procedure done every 6-12 months. Typically, this service is coupled with oil changes.

Advantages of Wheel Balancing

Wheel balancing corrects and evenly distributes weight to all your tires. Tire balancing reduces strain on the drivetrain and ensures your tires wear evenly. Vibrations felt through the steering wheel, seats, or floorboard are telltale signs that your wheels are unbalanced. To restore the comfort and smoothness of your ride, please bring your car to our shop for a weight adjustment. Wheel balancing helps extend the life of your tires if you get them done every 1-2 years. It is not done as often as tire rotations, but they are crucial to keeping your tires healthy. 

Pros of Wheel Alignment 

A wheel alignment service is the adjustment of your wheels’ angles (camber, caster, and toe) to ensure they are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the road.  Wheel alignment affects your tires, steering, suspension, and brakes. If you want your vehicle to run safely and efficiently, while reducing tire wear, you must treat wheels that are out of alignment. If your vehicle veers left and right, please have your alignment checked ASAP. You should have your alignment often checked and have one done at least once every 1-2 years.

If you need a tire or wheel service, please turn to the local tire auto specialists at Thom’s Four Wheel Drive and Auto Service, Inc.

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