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Old 04-27-2006, 09:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Do you balance your tires when rotating them? If yes, how often do you get them balanced? I am the worst at remembering these little details. I guess I love to pay later :)
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I would only have a balance done if it is needed for some reason - meaning you are having ride quality issues, vibration, etc.

If done properly, the balance when the tires are first mounted should hold up through most of the life of the tire (this does assume that the tire will wear evenly and so on)

So, long story short - just get the rotation. If you have a ride issue afterwards, then i'd consider a balance, but also investigate why the ride quality arose after the rotation, and not before it.
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As blitzoid said, only if you feel it needs it.
Otherwise, it's just gets a good cleaning on the inside before it goes back on.
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It's easy up here--tire changeover for winter/summer means automatic balancing and rotation twice a year. :)

Just to back up what the others said, if you're feeling the vibration, check it out. I had a misbalance (guy needed to add 1oz, did so, then came back and added another one for some damn reason) and at higher speeds the wheel just buzzed in my hands.

Rotations are suggested at...what? Every 7500 miles?
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I think it's about every 7500. I don't drive much in terms of mileage (lots of city), so i tend to do it every 5k.
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I rotate - balance and align my wheels every 10,000kms unless I spot "feathering" or uneven wear when washing the vehicle.

Currently I have 41,000kms up on my Michelin XM1's and they still look and feel good to me.
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I get tires balanced & aligned when I purchase them new......I maintain the correct air pressure, don't curb hop & avoid most huge pot holes whenever possible & rotate them every second oil change (which works out to be twice a year).......I always seem to get even wear & long mileage out of every set. :-) Of course if even I feel any kind of wheel shimmy on the highway.......I would have them looked at. But if it ain't broke.....;-)
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I maintain correct pressure 29psi every month ...


rotate and speed balance every 10000km along with alignment
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