How Often Should I Have My Tires Balanced?

Most people know how often their oil changes and tire rotations are, but if you're not a tire expert, you may wonder: "how often should I have my tires balanced?" We'll discuss what all you need to know about tire balancing.

Why Do Tires Need to Be Balanced?

Tire balancing ensures that the weight of the tire is evenly distributed to ensure your commute is safe. When tires are made, they do not come out or stay in perfect circles, which is why this service is often done when you get new tires. Having your tires up-kept with the proper maintenance services will ensure you have a safe and smooth ride, increase your gas mileage, and extend the life of your tires.

Signs of Unbalanced Tires

Your tire balance should be checked every 5,000 miles or at least once every two years. However, when your tires are imbalanced, they may exemplify the following signs:

  • Vibrations or shakiness in the steering wheel or around your tires
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Lower fuel economy 
  • Decrease in vehicle handling
  • Unusual tire noises

What Happens When You Have It Done?

A technician will hook your car to a computerized balancer to measure the wheel weights during a tire balance service. The computer will detect precisely how much weight is needed and the particular parts that require adjustments. 


If you suspect that you need a tire balance service soon, please do not hesitate to reach out to the tire experts at Cosmo's Service Center. Our team can check out your tires and tell you what you need to correct your tire problems.