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How to balance your tires

It is a must to balance your wheels after the tires have been mounted, and it should also be done regularly every time you do a tire rotation. Balancing your wheels can increases the life of the tires, and saves you some money in the long run. If the wheels are not balanced, your vehicle may experience static vibration, along with vibration to the steering wheel, poor fuel mileage and maybe unsafe driving.

Here is how you can balance your tires
  • Remove any previous wheel weights which may be present on the wheel. They complicate the issues and make it harder to balance the tire.
  • Place the tire and wheel on the balancer by inserting the shaft through the wheel hub and securing it in place. Make sure the wheel is as centered as possible on the balancer.
  • Spin the wheel gently in the balancer. You will notice the heaviest part of the wheel be drawn to the bottom and lightest part to the top. Allow it to settle in that position, and then mark the lightest part on the tire with a piece of chalk. Repeat the process to make sure you've marked the correct spot.
  • In order to counter the imbalance of the tire attach wheel weights, adhesive side first to the part of the wheel just below the spot on the tire you just marked.
  • Move the wheel so that the weighted part is in the 3 o'clock position. Release the wheel to see if it is balanced. If it rolls clockwise and the weighted position in on the bottom, it means you added too much weight but, if it rolls back up to the top, then you did not add enough.
  • Secure the wheel weights to the wheel a little further by using duct tape or similar adhesives. The adherent used in wheel weights is not usually very strong and can use some help in staying where it is supposed to.
  • Remount the wheel to the car, make sure the lug nuts are secure

These are the steps to balancing your tires. Or you can book an appointment with Prima Mazda and let us do the job for you so you can relax.

Tire Rotation

Tire rotation is about moving the tires of a vehicle from one to position to another. It is one of the easiest vehicle maintenance, and very important. If it is done correctly, it can extend the life of your tires, improve your gas mileage, and ensure your car handles in a steady and predictable manner when you need to make a sudden turn or stop. 


Here are 4 ways you can rotate your tires


Tires should be rotated every six month or 10, 000 to 12, 000 kilometers.

Different types of tires

If you haven't noticed, tires are what keep your car moving…literally. What does go unnoticed are the different types of tires. Here are five common tires:

  • Summer tires
    Summer tires are mostly used during the summer (obviously!). These are meant to used in dry and slightly wet conditions. They are not recommended for driving in cold temperature or on snow ice. Summer tire provide best traction during warm weather.
  • Winter Tires
    Winter tires are an essential for Canadians! Winter tires incorporate different types of rubber and treads that maximize traction in snow ice and the great Canadian winter weather.
  • All-Season tires
    Depending on when and where you are driving, all-season tires are meant to be driven all year abound. However, all-season tires are not always perfect. Although you get versatility and few maintenance visits, you lose performance over more specialized tires. They are not as effect as winter tires on snowy roads and highways.
  • Performance Tires
    In the beginning they were only found in exotic cars, however times have changed and now there are performance tires all types of cars, trucks and SUV.
  • Truck tires
    There are tires available for different models for work and performance

    • Utility: The utility tires resist wear the most and they provide advanced traction for snow, mud, and off-road driving.
    • All-terrain: These tires are usually versatile and they offer more options for on or off road use.
    • Highway Use: These tires are designed with enhanced compounds to provide smoother rides, and can be used all season.
    • Performance: These tires are built to withstand speed while providing better braking and handling in all road conditions.
    • Off-road: These tires are meant for challenging off-road conditions and able to power through snow, slit, mud and more.

Worn tires

Worn tires - especially bald ones can be deadly on wet roads. The tread skims the water surface and the vehicle won't responds to the steering wheel.

If you have worn tires are looking to change visit Prima Mazda to find the right tires for you.