January 25, 2008, Newsletter Issue #73: What is Balancing?

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When you are ordering tires, mechanics recommend you let the professionals handle the installation. Why can't you just mount a tire and spin the lug nuts until they are tight? For one thing, tires need proper balancing. When you buy tires and have them installed, the mechanic places tiny weights around the tire at certain intervals to insure the weight is evenly distributed around the tire. When a tire is properly balanced there is no vibration. An out of balance tire will vibrate, because the weight is uneven. Tire vibration affects the comfort of your ride, the life of your wheel bearings, shock absorbers and other parts of the suspension. Expert tire balancing is vital for the health of your car!

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