Often confused with wheel alignment, a properly balanced wheel is a perfectly tuned wheel-tire combination. This is accomplished by placing measured lead weights on the opposite side of the "heavy spot"—the noticeable tread wear on your unbalanced tire.
How do I know if I need my wheels balanced?
Is your vehicle vibrating at certain speeds, say, between 50 and 70 mph? If so, chances are your wheel is out of balance. As tires wear, the tire and wheel assembly can be susceptible to becoming unbalanced. If this is your condition, it could be a simple and inexpensive repair procedure.
Look for these signs, and if you find either one, come see us:
- Any irregular wear pattern on tires.
- Vibration in steering wheel, seat, or floorboard at certain speeds.
Beware of lifetime wheel balancing sales plans! If your tire is wearing properly and it's not vibrating, you probably need a rotation. Wheel balancing typically is needed perhaps once during the tire's lifetime, at roughly 50% of tread life. Excessive or unnecessary wheel balancing when there's no driveability concern can create additional waste, some of which can be environmentally harmful such as lead wheel weights. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
Call us today at (540) 347-1500!