Thurstons Garage
951 Main Street, Lovell, ME 04051 207.925.3641

Lovell drivers can make their vehicle tires last longer with regular tire rotation and wheel balancing.

Let's start with tire rotation. In normal driving around Lovell, ME, your front tires wear more on the shoulders because they handle much of the cornering forces in turns. Front-wheel drive vehicles have even more force on the front tires.

At Thurstons Garage in Lovell, we rotate the tires so that all of the tires do some duty on the front end as well as getting a little break on the back end. That way, all four tires wear more evenly over their life and last longer for Lovell car owners.

For most vehicles in Lovell, ME, tires are rotated front to back. Some recommend a cross rotational pattern that includes the spare tire, and some high-performance vehicles have different size tires on the front and rear and may even have uni-directional tires that can only be on the left or the right side of the vehicle. Your friendly and knowledgeable Thurstons Garage can help you sort that out and will perform the right tire rotation for your vehicle.

Your ME tire manufacturer will have a recommendation for how often you should rotate your tires.

Let's move on to wheel balancing. That's when there are heavy spots on the tire and wheel that cause it to wobble.

Balancing adds weights to the wheel to balance it out. Now, we are talking about very small weight differences. Variations in the tire and wheel manufacture can cause a slight imbalance. The valve stem, and now the tire pressure monitoring sensors in the tire, also play into the equation.

Even small differences can cause annoying vibrations at speed for Lovell drivers: the wheel is essentially bouncing a bit as it goes down the road. For example, at Lovell speeds, an out of balance wheel can be slamming into the road 14 times a second. That's annoying and can cause tires to wear out more quickly for Lovell drivers.

If a front wheel's out of balance you'll feel the vibration through the steering wheel. When it's a rear tire, you'll feel the vibration through your seat. If you're getting bad vibes from your vehicle, bring it in to Thurstons Garage in Lovell to see if it's a balance issue or something else. Lovell drivers should balance the wheels whenever they get a new tire or remount a tire like when it's been removed for a flat repair.

Thurstons Garage
951 Main Street
Lovell, ME 04051
207.925.3641
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