Alignment, Balancing & Rotation

Alignment, balancing and rotation are key maintenance factors in getting the best performance out of your tires and preventing fast wear. Severe or unusual wear on your tire tread is an indicator that one or all three of these services is due.

Alignment

Symptoms of misalignment include:

  • Premature wearing on the inside or outside shoulder of the tire
  • Feathering on the tread (smooth corners opposite sharp corners on each rib)
  • Severe tread wear
  • Scuffed wear pattern on the tire
  • Steering is pulling to the left or the right
  • Unusual tread wear

Often misalignment is a result of worn or damaged parts. Common culprits include worn out suspensions, old ball joints and run down tire rods. Maintaining these areas of your vehicle can prevent undue tire wear and keep you safely on the road.

Balancing

A static imbalance occurs when a heavy or light spot develops in the tire centerline causing it to roll unevenly and experience an abnormal up and down motion. It’s noticeable by a unique hopping sensation and vertical vibration.

Dynamic imbalance is the result of those spots developing on the shoulder or sides of the tire’s centerline. This causes a side-to-side wobbling motion while moving.

Improperly balanced tires will also show unusual wear and tear and is especially noticeable for Plus-Sized tires. Even if you cannot feel these distinct vibrations, your tires may still need to be balanced. Be sure have your tires checked at the recommended intervals to keep them from experiencing undue wear.

Rotation

Rotating your tires prevents uneven wear and increases your tire’s overall lifespan. Some vehicles have specific tire rotation patterns that must be followed, these will be listed in your owner’s manual. If no pattern is indicated, ask your tire expert for their recommendation. Certain types of tread can restrict your rotation pattern options.