WHEEL & TIRE BALANCING / TPMS Back
It is a fact that the front wheels get more wear and tear as they handle most of the cornering, braking, acceleration and engine weight. Front wheel drive vehicles have even more force on the front tires. It’s important to get your tires rotated regularly so that the tires wear out evenly. The tires are usually rotated according to the manufacturer’s instructions for the vehicle. For most vehicles, the tire rotates front to back. Some manufacturers recommend a cross rotation pattern that includes the spare tire. Some high-performance vehicles have a different size tires on the front and rear, and may even have a unidirectional tire that can only be on the left or right side of the vehicle. Most manufacturers also have a recommended distance for the vehicle after which the tires must be rotated. Usually, that distance is between 8000 to 10,000 km. At Johns United Auto Clinic, we can take care of all these intricacies for you so that the tires on your vehicle perform to their optimum ability and wear out evenly.
Wheel balancing is crucial to a smooth drive. When there is even a little bit of weight difference between the wheels, your vehicle can wobble while driving. Balancing adds weights to the wheel to balance it out. You can tell which wheels require balancing by a simple test. If a front wheel is out of balance, you will feel the vibration through the steering wheel. When it is a rear tire, you will feel the vibration through your seat. It is also very important to get your wheels balanced when you get new tires or remount them for seasonal changes or replacements. Bring in your vehicle for a checkup if you are getting any sort of vibrations while driving so we can diagnose whether you need wheel balancing.
TPMS- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System of your vehicle is to warn you that one of your tires is significantly under-inflated, possibly creating unsafe driving conditions. Many an accident could be avoided on the road if something as simple as tire pressure is maintained at the right level.
There are two types of TPMS:
Direct TPMS uses pressure monitoring sensors within each tire that monitor specific pressure levels – not just wheel revolution data from the anti-lock brake system.
An indirect TPMS typically relies on wheel speed sensors that the anti-lock brake system uses.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of TPMS and we can help you understand the pros and cons. Although both these systems can be excellent indicators of any tire pressure and safety issues, a manual checkup can never be completely replaced. Give us a call today if your vehicle requires wheel balancing or tire rotation and our experts at Johns United Auto Clinic will be able to answer your questions and get your vehicle ready and safe for the road.