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Tires, Balancing & Rotation

A great set of tires can make or break your driving experience, especially in a European brand such as Alfa Romeo, Fiat, or Volvo. European brands are high horsepower, performance vehicles that offer an amazing driving experience. As most drivers know, it doesn’t matter how much power you have if you cannot get traction. That’s where your tires come in.

Tires are an important investment for your vehicle if you want the best driving experience. A good set of tires can impact many aspects of your drive, including your gas mileage. In fact, short of filling your gas tank, maintaining and replacing your tires is likely the most frequent maintenance that should be completed on your vehicle.

Tire Pressure

There are certain aspects of maintaining your tires that can – and should – be checked by drivers on a very regular basis. The most important factor is maintaining proper tire pressure, which refers to the amount of air or hydrogen that should be in your specific tires for optimal performance. Based on your make, model, and tire size this pressure can generally vary from 30 to 40 PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch).

The first step in maintaining proper tire pressure is to know what PSI the manufacturer recommends if you are using your stock wheels and tires. Keep in mind that if you switch out your wheels and tires to a different size or aftermarket version, these metrics can, and likely will, change. Since tire pressure can be impacted by many factors, including how hot or cold it is outside, we recommend you check your pressure on a bi-weekly basis, at a minimum.

You want to bring your vehicle to a trusted auto repair shop if you observe any of the following:

  • Frequent Loss of Pressure in a Tire
  • Wobbling or Shaking When Driving
  • Uneven Tread Wear
  • Low Tread on Any Tire


Tire Rotation

One way a car repair shop can help your tires last as long as possible is through proper tire rotation. Tire rotation refers to moving your rear wheels and tires to the front of your vehicle, and the front wheels and tires to the back. Sometimes a rotation can instead be a switch from left to right or even in a criss-cross (x) pattern. Since most European vehicles steer from the front, the front tires generally see wear more quickly. By rotating the tires on a consistent basis, you ensure that your tires wear evenly and maximize the time before they need to be replaced.

Tire Balancing

Keeping your tires balanced is also crucial to even tire wear and an improved ride. Tire balancing helps correct any imperfections in weight distribution between your wheels and tires that may cause uneven movement. By perfectly balancing your tires, you’ll help them wear evenly and prevent any shakiness while you drive.

Causes of Tire Wear

All tires will wear out at some point, regardless of their quality — but many tire brands can last for 30,000 miles or more. As most European vehicle owners know, tires are not cheap, and uneven wear can cause you to replace a set prematurely. Uneven tire wear can also be an indication of larger suspension or steering issues that may be a bigger safety concern. As a result, it’s important to get any uneven tire wear inspected as soon as possible.

Your Space Coast Dealership Alternative

Melbourne Motorsports is your local, trusted resource for European vehicle tires, maintenance, and repair. We can ensure that routine maintenance such as rotation and balancing is completed properly, and expertly diagnose any underlying causes of uneven tire wear. We can help you with all of your tire-related needs without the high dealership cost!

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