Tire Rotation & Tire Balancing in Tulsa, OK
Providing Expert Tire Services in Tulsa & Surrounding OK Areas
Your tires are an investment that you want to protect. Including your tires in your vehicle’s regular preventative maintenance routine will help you do just that. At each of our Tate Boys locations, our ASE-certified mechanics can help you maximize the life of your vehicle’s tires through expert maintenance services.
Keeping up with regular tire rotation and tire balancing will also ensure that your tires are safe to drive on and that you are getting optimal tire performance.
Tire Rotation Service
Your vehicle’s tires all wear at different rates, especially comparing the front and back tires. This is where tire rotation service comes in. Regular tire rotations help ensure your tires wear more evenly and extend the life of your tires. This service is one of the easiest ways to maintain your tires and ensure your vehicle drives safely. Tires that have become too worn can decrease vehicle stability and make driving much more dangerous. Worn tires also put a greater strain on your engine while driving which can then increase fuel consumption.
During a tire rotation service, the tires/wheels on your vehicle will be taken off and moved from one position to another. This may mean front to back or left to right or even diagonal. The exact pattern the tires will be moved in will depend on if your vehicle is front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. This service also gives our tire experts the opportunity to inspect your tires for any other issues that could affect performance or safety.
The expert mechanics at your nearest Tate Boys location will quickly rotate your tires and let you know if any of your tires have issues present or are no longer roadworthy. If that is the case, we can also help you select the perfect replacement tires for your vehicle’s needs.
Stay on a Regular Tire Rotation Schedule
We recommend that if your tires are relatively new, you should have them rotated at the 5,000-mile mark. This is because the deeper tread in new tires is more susceptible to uneven wear.
With older tires, you should stay on a rotation schedule of every 6,000 to 8,000 miles to promote even wear and maximize tire life. A good rule of thumb is to get in the habit of having your tires checked and rotated at the same time you are going to have your routine oil and filter change done.
Tire Balancing Service
Everyday wear on your tires and normal manufacturing imperfections can cause weight imbalances. If you have one or more tires out of balance, you may feel a vibration in the steering wheel, floorboard, or seat, especially at higher speeds. In many instances, a vibration in your steering wheel means that one or both of your front tires are out of balance, while seat vibrations most often point to rear-wheel imbalances. Tire imbalances can also cause tires to wear faster or unevenly and you may also notice reduced fuel economy.
So, a tire balancing service is like a tune-up for your wheels/tires. It is an easy service but requires expert precision and experience. Tire balancing ensures the weight is distributed evenly around the entire circumference of the tire/wheel assembly. When the weight is distributed appropriately, the tires will roll smoothly, wear more evenly, and will last longer.
At Tate Boys, our balancing service entails removing the tires/wheel assemblies and mounting them on specialized balancing equipment one at a time. This allows us to pinpoint imbalances and attach small weights, often weighing fractions of an ounce, to the wheel rim in precise locations to correct the imbalances. Then we’ll remount the tires/wheels.
When to Have Tire Balancing Done
Bring your vehicle into your closest Tate Boys location for tire balancing service if:
- You’re feeling a vibration in the steering wheel, your seat, or the floorboard.
- A weight that used to be on the rim has fallen off.
- You’ve noticed uneven tire wear, especially in a cupping pattern.
- You get a flat tire repaired.
- You have any new tire(s) installed.
- You have not had your tires balanced in a while. You should have the balancing checked at least every two years, once yearly if you regularly drive bumpy roads.
We often recommend having a tire balancing service and tire rotation done at the same time because they both require removing the tires/wheels.
Protect the Performance & Safety Of Your Tires
Come to the experts at Tate Boys for your tire rotation and balancing needs. Using state-of-the-art tire equipment, our ASE-certified technicians can ensure you get the best performance from your tires. With road-force balancing equipment, computerized alignment machines, and methods developed by the Rubber Manufacturers Association, there’s no better place to get your tires serviced.
Based on the type of tire and your driving habits, we can help determine the proper routine maintenance schedule for your vehicle.
We also specialize in the following tire and wheel services to help keep you safely on the road:
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) repairs
- Flat tire repairs
- Wheel alignments
- New tire installation
Make Tate Boys your go-to auto repair and maintenance shop in Tulsa and surrounding areas. Our team of professionals has the experience and expertise to meet all of your auto care needs at affordable prices while providing exceptional customer service.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Many mechanics today will agree that the better tires should go on the rear to help prevent the chance of the vehicle fishtailing. This is the case regardless of the vehicle being rear-wheel, front-wheel, or all-wheel drive.
Though they both help maximize tire performance, safety, and driveability, wheel balancing and wheel alignment are two different services. Wheel balancing ensures the weight of the tire is distributed evenly and is done to make sure your wheel/tire assemblies are spinning properly on the road. When a wheel alignment service is done, we check and adjust the driving angles of your wheels as needed. This ensures that your car or truck is tracking straight as you are driving and helps prevent your tires from wearing prematurely.
Since it doesn’t get much use, it is not likely that your spare tire is out of balance. The main concern would be the condition of the tire’s air pressure and the rubber itself. When you have your regular tires inspected you should have your spare inspected also. The last thing you want is something to happen to one of your regular tires and you go to put the spare on and it’s flat and won’t hold air.
We’ll be happy to inspect your spare tire when you bring your vehicle in for any of our services.
Technically yes, you could. But, tire rotation is a maintenance task that is best left to the professionals. The ASE-certified technicians at Tate Boys will determine the proper position and pattern of movement for tire rotation and ensure that your tires are properly aligned. As we do the rotation service, we will also check the air pressure in your tires and look for any early indications of other tire issues that may be present.