BMW, formally known as Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, is a luxury vehicle company that was founded in Munich, Germany in 1916. BMW is known for producing vehicles with top-quality interior comforts, high-performance engines, and exceptional ride quality. In doing so, they have put into place specific maintenance recommendations including engine oil service intervals and even tire balancing for optimal performance.
What is wheel balancing?
Tire balancing refers to the distribution of mass within a vehicle tire. Tires that are out of balance pose a hazard to the safety of the driver and his pocketbook. Unbalanced tires lead to uneven tire wear, harmful and distracting vibrations, as well as unsafe driving conditions.
When you take your vehicle to have the tires balanced, the tires are first removed from the car and placed on a balancing machine. This machine is designed to ensure each tire holds the proper weight and is balanced evenly around the axle. If one or more tires are unbalanced, lead weights are attached to the tire to make up the difference in weight then are remounted to the vehicle.
When should I have my tires balanced?
There is no time limit set in stone of when to have the tires of your BMW balanced, however, below is a list of tips and recommendations from experts.
Auto technicians recommend having your tires balanced the same as you would having the engine oil inspected and changed. It is recommended to have your tires balanced every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, which falls in line with other service interval recommendations.
In addition to the above mentioned, the following are tips of when to have your BMWs wheels balanced:
- feeling steering wheel vibrations
- the steering wheel is off-centered
- experienced a recent flat tire that was repaired with a repair kit
- purchased a new set of tires
- added a lift or lower kit
- were involved in a fender bender
- experienced a hard impact with a curb or large road debris
- have uneven tire wear patterns
- constantly find yourself buying new tires
Benefits of Maintaining Wheel Balance
BMW drivers hold their vehicles to extremely high standards, so why would they skimp out on keeping up with the proper maintenance of all moving parts? Without vehicle tires your BMW is inoperable. With exposure to the natural elements, roadway debris, and daily wear, they should be at the top of your maintenance checklist.
Ensuring your tires are always well-balanced not only keeps you on the road safely but also helps:
- achieving a longer lifespan for your tires
- optimizing your driving comfort
- your tires are able to rotate at the same rate as others, making the wear even
Regardless of the model BMW, unbalanced tires leave drivers with noisy, uncomfortable driving conditions. Properly balanced tires cling to the road while unbalanced tires sort of wobble or bounce up and down on the road.
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