Tire Mount & Balance Services in Xenia, OH

Tire mounting and tire balancing are automotive services for installing a new tire on a vehicle’s wheel. During the mounting process, our Pitt Stop Tire & Auto technicians put the tire onto the wheel rim and then inflate them with an air compressor to begin sealing and bonding them.

Tire balancing ensures tires are balanced correctly for a smoother ride. This is done by placing the wheel and tire assembly on one of our balancing machines, which uses weights placed at specific locations to bring the wheel into balance. Our professional technicians also inspect the tires for any signs of damage or irregular wear and tear that could cause premature tire failure before completing the mounting and balancing process. By utilizing these services, drivers can be assured that their new tires will be mounted and balanced correctly, allowing them to enjoy a smooth ride for the tire’s life.

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The Importance of Mounting & Balancing New Tires

When you invest in a set of new tires or wheels, one of the experts at Pitt Stop will mount and balance them. The mounting process is rather straightforward. It means putting the tires on the wheels and putting those wheels on the axles. The balancing process can be a bit more complex, but it must be done whenever your tires are repaired or rotated.

When a wheel is “balanced,” the weight of the wheel and tire is evenly distributed around the axle. In other words, there are no sections of the tire or rim that are heavier than other sections. A wheel can become unbalanced from damage or imperfection in the rubber or other materials. You’re in for a bumpy (and even noisy) ride when it becomes unbalanced.

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3 Benefits of Tire Balancing:

Balanced Tires Offer a Smoother Ride

When the weight on your tires goes out of whack, you may notice vibrations in your vehicle. These vibrations are particularly evident when you reach highway speeds (often above 50 miles per hour). If you notice your steering wheel shaking on the highway, it’s a surefire sign you must balance your tires. Balancing your tires cuts down or eliminates these vibrations, giving you a pleasant and smooth ride.

Balanced Tires Get Better Gas Mileage

Your tires can’t drive evenly if they are not balanced. A bumpy ride can make your tires wear down at different rates, reducing your overall gas mileage. Like how maintaining your tire pressure improves gas mileage, so does balancing your tires. By ensuring weight is evenly distributed across your tires, you can prevent wear that can reduce your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, saving you money in the long run.

Enjoy a Safer Ride

The most crucial benefit of balancing your tires is that it improves the safety of your vehicle. When tires are unbalanced, they can develop dangerous bald spots and uneven tread wear. This can make controlling your vehicle’s steering more difficult, especially at high speeds. Regular preventative maintenance like tire balancing goes a long way to ensuring your vehicle is always in top shape.

“When Do I Need to Balance My Tires?”

A good rule of thumb is to balance your tires every 5,000 miles or six months, whichever comes first. You can also have your tires balanced every time you change your oil or get a wheel alignment.

Aside from regular maintenance, we at Pitt Stop recommend you watch out for the following warning signs and follow this advice to have your tires balanceßßd:

  • The steering wheel shakes at high speeds
  • Chassis is vibrating unusually
  • You’ve hit a big bump or experienced “curb service”
  • Bald spots and other signs wear appear unevenly
  • Lower gas mileage than usual
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Finance Your Next Set of Tires

We know buying new tires and/or wheels for your car or truck can be stressful on the wallet, so we’re here to help. As the leading tire shop in Xenia, OH, we’ve made sure we have payment plans that will fit anyone’s needs so you can get tires now and pay later. Whether your purchase is a surprise or expected, we'll take care of you.

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Tire Mount & Balance Questions & Answers

Can I mount and Balance myself?

It is undoubtedly possible for dedicated car enthusiasts to perform both tire mounting and tire balancing at home. However, it is much more complex and requires more effort without the proper equipment — especially the balancing process.

Professionals use tire mounting machines as well as various kinds of balancing equipment and technology. When installing tires, professionals can balance them through road force balancing, pressing a roller against them. At the same time, they spin, simulating the contact the tire would have with a road and analyzing the balance until it is complete. They also might perform a spin balancing procedure, which allows much of the same analysis while simply spinning the tire at a high rate in the air. From there, professional tire installers can shift the weight on the wheel until the tires are balanced.

These are procedures that many professionals become experts at performing, so while it’s possible to do them yourself, it could be well worth your time, money, and effort to ask a pro to handle it.

What exactly is a wheel balance?

Wheel balance is a process in which we install small weights on the wheel to ensure the wheel’s balance is accurate. If a tire is not balanced, you will feel a vibration when driving the vehicle, especially at highway speeds. In addition, an out-of-balance wheel can cause irregular tire wear. Pitt Stop Tire & Auto locations use state-of-the-art computerized wheel balance machines to properly balance your tires and wheels.

Are your shops able to change tires on custom wheels?

Absolutely! We have the latest state-of-the-art tire machines. Some of our stores have machines capable of handling wheels up to 24 inches. Our tire technicians are trained to use these machines and protect your wheels from damage.

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