Balancing Act

Used Tires Aren't Worth the Tread They're Driven On

The most common reasons to have your tires inspected, rotated, and balanced are uneven tread wear, expensive servicing to the tires, vibrations in the steering wheel, dashboard, and floorboard, poor fuel economy, and the, worst of all scenarios, a traffic accident.

ASE-certified technicians at Friendly Auto Centers in Mesa, Arizona, highly recommend buying new tires and having the tires aligned the same day to improve drivability, the tire's longevity, ride comfort, and safety while driving. When new tires are installed, the correct tire psi is measured, tires are balanced, the suspension is checked, and you're destined for a smooth, safe ride.

When a tire is out of balance, the vehicle may shake at highway speeds, causing panic for some drivers. When the tires are neglected, the vehicle may pull to one side causing stress on the suspension system and a loss of road contact. Another sign of tire trouble is the steering. When tires are out of balance, the steering wheel feels loose, and the driver has less control over the vehicle at any speed. If a small child or animal were to dart in front of your vehicle with an out-of-balance wheel system, an accident might occur for a lack of handling ability.

Did you know your tires play a big role in the health of your vehicle's suspension system? The suspension system absorbs the shock from the road and is a dominant factor in steering and smooth handling. When tires are not balanced, this gap can lead to a rough ride and loss of control at any speed.

The ASE-certified technicians at Friendly Auto-suggest that a used tire purchase should be a last resort option. Used tires should get you to your destination and immediately replaced with the proper tires for your vehicle. Most used tires have high and low spots from being out of balance, abused, or never balanced. Tread damage is visible on the alignment machine as the wheel turns. You'll notice a significant wheel wobble from the mistreatment of the tire, and this warning sign says do not drive on this tire.

If your vehicle is pulling to one side, has loose steering, an unsteady ride, low tread depth, and the fuel economy has dipped below normal, stop into Friendly Auto Centers in Mesa, Arizona and have one of our ASE-certified technicians answer your tire or suspension concerns.

Written by Friendly Auto Centers