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Should a new set of tires be balanced?

By Jakob Jelling

Many times people who buy a new set of tires wonder if they should have them balanced or not. The answer is that they should since having them balanced would help them avoid having problems while driving as well as it would make the tires last longer and prevent you from suffering headaches caused by the effects which imbalanced tires produce.

One of the main problems drivers would find when tires are imbalanced is certain annoying movement it produces on the car. This movement is similar to a shaking and gains intensity as the car speed increases. This is one of the main reasons by which a new set of tires should be balanced, since that would correct this problem and allow the driver focus on the road without being upset by this car shaking.

It is also important to consider that there are two different kinds of imbalance known as dynamic and static. Dynamic imbalance produces an effect of back and forth shake to the car which sometimes can also be combined with a sideways shake as well. In order to have this problem solved and achieve the proper dynamic balance, there must be one same weight in the front side of the wheel and tire than in the back side.

On the other hand, static imbalance makes the car shake up and down and it could increase with the car speed as well as it can become worse while time passes. This problem can be solved once that there is an exact equal weight in both halves of the tire wheel assembly.

Most car service facilities, as well as almost every tire store where you would buy your new set of tires, have electronic balancers to help car owners balancing their car wheels. This way, you can easily have your new set of tires balanced as soon as you buy them and with a high precision. Most of these electronic balancers would allow checking both kinds of balance, the static and the dynamic one, allowing you this way to have a perfectly balanced new set of tires.