Wheel Balancing Q&A

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Why should I have my wheels balanced?

Your wheels are the connection between your vehicle’s chassis and the road surface. When your wheels are out-of-balance your connection to the road surface is compromised. Driving with out-of-balance wheels, on the various road conditions, can compound the effects that bumps, road irregularities and other hazards already are causing to your vehicle’s suspension. A well-balanced set of wheels will minimize any additional wear and tear that normal road usage causes.

 

When should I get my wheels balanced?

Whenever you are getting new tires it is a normal service to have the wheels balanced at that time. Some other possible reasons you may need to get them balanced are:

 

-- Vibration in the steering wheel, the floorboard or your seat

-- During recommended tire rotation service

-- Every two years with normal driving or yearly with rough road driving

-- After getting a flat or tire repair

-- Uneven tire wear

-- Tire rim balancing weight falls off

What’s the difference between wheel balancing and alignment?

Both are a regular part of vehicle suspension maintenance, but wheel balancing isn’t the same as getting a wheel alignment. A wheel alignment corrects the angles of the tires so they travel in the same direction and make contact with the road properly. Alignment reduces uneven tire wear and extends the life of your tires. Having a wheel balanced fixes any balancing irregularities that the tire on the rim may have when spinning at high speeds. Weights are added to the rims to counteract any imbalances.

 

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