Tire Balance and Wheel Alignment

The Difference Between a Tire Balance and a Wheel Alignment

Is there a difference between a tire balancing and a wheel alignment? The answer is yes! Although both deal with the tires on your car, they are two very different services.

It is always good to know what services need to happen to your car. Unless you are a mechanic, you may not know the different services that need to be done. Let’s look at the differences between a tire balancing and a wheel alignment.

Tire Balance

Over time, while driving, your tire start to lose balance. Tread wear causes the distribution of weight around the tire to change. If you think you need your tires balanced, you will feel the care shaking or a vibration from your tires.

When you get your tires balanced, the technician will use a calibrated spin balancer to test for static and dynamic balance. This service should be done every six months or every 5000-6000 miles.

Wheel Alignment

A wheel alignment is also known as a “tire alignment”. 90% of cars built today takes a “4Wheel Alignment”. If you need an alignment, you will start to notice that your car will pull to either side or when you have an uneven wear on your tires. This service should be done every 10,000 miles.

The process includes adjustments to the angle of the car’s wheel to its original position. The technician inspects the tire tread for signs of poor alignment. They will also check the toe, camber, and caster to measure wheel orientation.

Quality Auto Care and Maintenance

Car maintenance can cost a lot of time and money, but neglecting to maintain your car is even worse. Remember per Benjamin Franklin “One ounce of prevention is worth a pound cure”. Call National Transmissions & Auto Care Centers and let our skilled technicians help you sort out all your car maintenance concerns.

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What is a Tire Rotation? Why Every Driver Needs Tire Maintenance

What is a tire rotation, and why do I need one? This is a question many drivers ask themselves at one point or another. On top of all the maintenance required to keep your car running smoothly, proper tire care is essential for optimal performance.

This month, the National Transmissions & Auto Care Center team looked at the importance of tire rotations and why every motorist can benefit from regular tire maintenance. Read on to learn more!

Why Should I Rotate My Tires?

A tire rotation is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to extend the life of your tires. Unlike flossing day and night, a tire rotation is necessary preventative maintenance you only need to perform a few times a year.

How Tire Rotations Work

When you service your car for a tire rotation, all four tires are moved into different positions on your vehicle to promote even treading. No matter how you drive your car, front and rear tires can wear down at different rates. For instance, tires mounted on the power axle (the front two wheels on a front-wheel drive) wear more quickly than the “free rolling” tires on the other axle.

The purpose of a tire rotation is to even out wear so that you get the most mileage and tread life from every tire on your vehicle. Regular rotations are crucial for vehicles with all-wheel drive because any significant difference in tread depths is a sign that you will eventually need four new tires, or else you’re risking a hefty repair bill.

tire rotationHow Often Should I Rotate My Tires?

The average driver should rotate their tires every 5,000 miles, or at least every six months. For more aggressive drivers that plow through potholes and debris, it is recommended that you service your tires more often.

The purpose of a rotation is to catch irregular wear early before a problem occurs. Going too long in between tire rotations can result in a wear pattern that can’t be fixed, no matter where the tire is moved on the vehicle. In this instance, your tires could wear out prematurely.

Pro Tip: For drivers with only one set of tires, here are some fool-proof ways to get a time estimate on rotations:

  • Keep an eye out for your odometer and service your tires every 5,000 miles.
  • Set a reminder on your phone or calendar for rotation at least twice a year.
  • Sync rotations that align with daylight savings time, to standard time and back.
  • Reach out to your tire store; some businesses will email you a service reminder in advance.
  • After your vehicle has been serviced for tire rotation, note that you may notice a stiffer or noisier ride. This is due to your tire’s tread wear pattern evening out. If your ride continues to be uncomfortable, it may be a sign of irregular wear and your tires need to be replaced.

Save Money with Proper Tire Maintenance

A tire rotation is easy preventative maintenance that will prolong tread life and save you from costly repairs down the line. Practicing proper tire maintenance at least twice a year can also help your mechanic pinpoint other issues before damage occurs.

Irregular wear detected during your rotation can be a red flag for poor alignment. This impacts how your car handles, reduces fuel efficiency, and needs to be fixed as soon as possible. For best results, don’t delay tire rotations.

Affordable Auto Repair and Maintenance Solutions in Palm Beach County

At National Transmissions & Auto Care Centers, our team brings years of experience servicing vehicles across Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, and the surrounding areas of Palm Beach County. Whether you need professional auto repair or regular tire maintenance, we can help.

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Prolong the life of your car tires with rotation services from National Transmissions & Auto Care Centers. For more information on tire rotations, tire maintenance, and repair services, give us a call today or visit one of our three shops located in Palm Beach County.

West Palm Beach Center: 561-530-4497
Boynton Beach Center: 561-737-7551 (3rd St.)
561-737-6073 (Congress Ave.)

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5 Easy Tire Maintenance Tips

5 Easy Tire Maintenance Tips to Stay Safe On the Road

Considering that tires are the only part of a car to make direct contact with the road, it’s no surprise that they are one of the most crucial components of any vehicle. However, not all drivers take the time to practice good tire safety.

Not only is neglecting your tires hazardous to your vehicle and other drivers on the road, but did you know that it can cost you more money in the long run? Improper tire maintenance often leads to lower fuel efficiency and a shorter lifespan for your tires. As a driver, you want to make sure that you are regularly checking your tires in order to extend their life and save on gas.

Taking great care of your tires does not need to be complicated or time-consuming. By simply following these five easy tire maintenance tips, you can avoid a potential problem with your tires.

Tip #1: Regularly Check Your Tire Pressure

Having the proper tire pressure is a crucial safety concern for drivers. Under inflation can cause wear to the sides of your tires while over inflation leads to faster wear and can increase your chances of having a blowout on the road.

Because air is constantly leaking out of your tires, we recommend checking your tire pressure often. Ideally, drivers should check their tire pressure weekly, or at least once a month.

How is tire pressure measured? Tire pressure is measured in pounds per square inch, or PSI. Ideal PSI varies slightly for vehicle to vehicle but you can typically find the recommended PSI for your car in your driver’s manual.

So, how do I measure my PSI? You will need a tire pressure gauge to do this. Tire pressure gauges are inexpensive, compact gadgets that can be found at most gas stations and auto shops. It is a smart idea to buy one of your own and keep it in your car for your convenience.

Tip #2: Check Tread Wear

Treads are the grooves in your tires that provide traction and grip while you drive. Much like shoe soles that get slippery over time, your tires can also lose their ability to grip the road as their treads wear. This can result in hydroplaning and other driving hazards, especially during severe weather conditions.

Checking your tire tread only takes a few minutes, but is a crucial step for maintaining your tires and your safety. We recommend checking tire tread wear monthly and replacing your tires once tread depth is 4/32”.

Tip #3: Balance and Align

Did you know that tires can become easily misaligned due to road conditions, potholes, curbs and even speed bumps?

When tires are not aligned properly, a number of problems can arise including uneven tread wear, reduced fuel efficiency, and drifting in one direction. Not only will routine wheel alignment help keep you safe and guarantee a longer life for your tires, it will also make for a smoother, more comfortable ride.

We recommend having your tires balanced and aligned by an auto care professional yearly or every 20,000 miles, as well as every time that you install new tires.

Tip #4: Don’t Forget to Rotate Your Tires

Much like the rest of your car, tires can be expensive when they need repair or replacement.

Tires tend to wear unevenly when you drive. However, by performing regular tire rotations, you can help maintain an even amount of tread wear on all four of your tires. This is another great way to ensure a longer lifespan for your tires.

Generally, it is recommended that you see an auto care professional for a tire rotation around every 5,000 to 8,000 miles, but you should

Tip #5: Know Your Tire Size

Vehicles can only accommodate certain tire sizes, so drivers should be knowledgeable about their vehicle’s specific tire size requirements to avoid potential problems due to ill-fitting tires.

Finding your car’s tire size should be fairly easy. You can find your tire size listed on the driver’s door or on the tires themselves. If you still can’t locate your tire size information, refer to your car’s manual or consult your auto care professional for guidance.

Quality Auto Care and Maintenance in Palm Beach

Have a question about your tires or any other car maintenance services? Our team wants to help. Feel free to contact the friendly, skilled technicians at National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers. We have three convenient locations across Palm Beach County in Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach.

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To learn more about what the National Transmissions team can do for you, contact us at:
West Palm Beach: 561-530-4497
Boynton Beach/3rd St.: 561-737-7551
Boynton Beach/Congress Ave: 561-737-6073