Alignment, balancing and rotation - What is the influence on tire wear

Goodyear Alignment, balancing and rotation - What is the influence on tire wear


You have probably heard that aligning, balancing and rotating car tires is important to keep them in good state of repair and take advantage of their best performance, right? But what exactly does each of these maintenance activities consist of? How often do I have to do them? Does the vehicle show signs to show that it is time to visit the mechanic?


This post will explain this process in detail and help you know the right moment to perform the service.



The objective is to adjust the angles of the wheels, keeping them straight in relation to the ground and parallel to each other. This procedure should be performed periodically, at every 5,000KM, or according to the vehicle’s service manual. Is the vehicle pulling to one side? That is a giveaway: it is time to align the wheels.


The holes and irregularities in the paving are the car’s worst villains when it comes to alignment. With excessive deviations and impacts, the vehicle geometry (alignment) can be compromised leaving the assembly misaligned.


The alignment procedure is important because it prevents uneven tire wear, increasing its lifetime.



If the steering wheel is vibrating and the car is making noise, then it is time to check out the tire balancing. This vibration is not noticeable only on the steering wheel, but also on the car floor, on the seats and even on the dashboard. This is a symptom of the imbalance of the masses between the rims and tires, resulting from issues in the movements of rotation and translation of the vehicle’s wheel.


In general, this is due to the rim and tire sets receiving uneven weights at a specific point generating an overload which causes an imbalance of masses causing the well-known vibration. The objective of balancing is precisely to correct this imbalance and reduce internal vibrations.


Whether according to the mileage indicated by the OEM or when you feel the symptoms that something is not right, providing balancing at the right time makes your trips more comfortable, as well as ensuring greater safety for the driver and passengers and increasing tire lifetime.



Rotating the tires aims to get the most from the tires by performing intelligent changes according to the type of tire or drive system. Check out how to perform the best rotation.


On rear wheel drive vehicles, normal or asymmetric tires must be put in the front axle. Front tires should have sides inverted and placed on the rear axle. The spare tire should be replaced with one of the front ones. In front-wheel drive vehicles, the rear tires should be moved to the front axle always inverting the sides. The front ones should go to the rear but keeping the same side. The spare tire should be replaced with one of the front ones.

In case of unidirectional tires, replace the front ones with the back ones, without changing sides. Again, the spare tire should be replaced by one of the front ones.

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