Why Tire Alignment and Balancing Are Important

Some people mistakenly assume that tire alignment and balancing are the same thing, yet they are not. Tire alignment has to do with the direction the vehicle moves when in motion. If the vehicle pulls to the left or right or you have to hold the steering wheel off center to drive straight, the vehicle needs to be aligned.

Wheel and tire balancing has to do with the circular motion of the tire and the amount of vibrations created. If you have ever driven a car where the steering column shakes or you can feel vibrations in the seats, this indicates the tires need balancing.

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Both alignment and balancing affect several aspects of the tires and vehicle including:

  • Tire Wear – Tires will wear unevenly if they are not balanced or need an alignment.
  • Suspension/Steering System – The suspension and steering components are affected by both bad alignments and vibrating tires, and they can place added strain and wear and tear on the parts that make up this system.
  • Braking System – Brake pads will wear unevenly in vehicles that need to be aligned or have tires that need to be balanced.

Improper tire alignment and balance can create safety hazards for all motorists on the road, which can become an even greater hazard in wet, rainy, snowy, and icy driving conditions.

Ideally, you should have your tires rotated and balanced every 5,000 miles and have the alignment checked and realigned if needed.

For more information about tire rotation, balancing, and alignment services, please feel free to stop by your nearest Tire Pirates location or call us at (403) 907-0394 or (403) 907-0431 today!

Time to Have Your Struts and Shocks Checked

Feel Like Your Ride Is Bumpy? Time to Have Your Struts and Shocks Checked

Your vehicle’s tires are one of the most important parts of your car, and nearly everything they encounter on a daily basis can cause wear and tear. One of the biggest contributing factors is having bad shocks or struts. Unfortunately, it’s tremendously easy to forget about your shocks and struts, as they take around 50,000 miles to wear down completely.

Not sure about your own shocks and struts? Not sure what to do about uneven tire wear ? Here’s how to tell when struts and shocks may be the problem (and what to do about it).

Have your struts and shocks checked in Calgary

Shocks and Struts

Your vehicle has either shocks or struts, but not both. Either way, they’re similar in function. A shock is a single piece of equipment mounted near each tire, while struts are a combination of two individual parts. Shocks give your car better handling and are easier to replace, but they are naturally more expensive. Struts are comprised of a shaft and coil that are built into the chassis. Strut coils are cheaper but are also difficult and dangerous to replace in comparison with shocks.

When to Replace?

Excessive bouncing while going over speed bumps or uneven roads is the number-one sign that your shocks or struts need attention. Pay attention to how much your car sways during turns, how fast you can brake, and how easily you’re able to accelerate. Having bad shocks or struts will make your driving experience unpleasant, increase the wear on your tires, reduce your control over the vehicle, and reduce your safety if you’re in a collision.

Bad shocks or struts already causing you tire problems? If you need tire repair in Calgary, come to us. Tire Pirates can replace your shocks, struts, and tires and rebalance your vehicle for improved performance.