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Auto Mechanics | Services | Wheel Balancing


Wheel balancing means that the weight of the wheel will be evenly distributed along it's circumference. 

Wheels typically have a very slight crown to them which means that they're not perfectly straight. In car terms, this means that the vehicle itself has a center of gravity slightly different from where all 4 tires would meet if you were to balance them alone.

It's best to balance all four wheels at the same time. This ensures that your car will handle correctly and you'll notice a big difference in the way it drives. Our wheel balancing service take s about 5 minutes for each wheel.

You can preserve the quality of your tires by getting your wheels balanced every 6,000-8,000km or whenever you have a flat tire. We recommend to get your wheels balanced when replacing them because balancing is much cheaper than a new set!

If you're unsure whether your wheels need to be balanced - use our FAQ's to bring you to a specific topic.

Wheel Balancing Service

Our wheel balancing service will help if you're experiencing vibration in the steering wheel or throughout the vehicle. Usually our customers visit our garage with a sudden and unexplained shaking as they drive. In most cases, the weights attached to your wheels which correct imbalances in the tire fall off and require re-balancing to stop the vibration. In other circumstances a bent wheel, misaligned wheels may cause the problem.

Although there are a few other reasons to have your wheels balanced, including noticeable tire wear and slight vibration at higher speeds, re-balancing the wheel(s) with new weights usually fixes the problem.

To assist drivers as best we can to determine whether its a wheel balancing needed or another problem such as ball joints, shocks or steering, we'll describe what we've seen as the most common signs of a wheel imbalance. We'll also answer the frequently asked question of - how much does wheel balancing cost? Hopefully, this makes your decision for a fix easier. Schedule your wheel balance service or read on to see if it is indeed your wheels that need balancing.

How to Tell If Tires Need To Be Balanced

Wheel balancing, also referred to as tire balancing involves a tire spin to check weight distribution around the circumference of the wheel. 

Common symptoms of out-of-balanced tires or wheels include: 

  • Uneven or fast tread wear, 

  • Poor fuel mileage

  • Vibration in the steering wheel

  • Vibration in the floorboard and seats 

  • Vibration at certain speeds

To rid the vehicle of vibration anywhere probably means balancing all four wheels and tires. When the weight is equally distributed, the vehicle runs smooth. 

Balancing also helped for a more comfortable ride. When a wheel is out of balance, a wobble or hopping will causes an unsettling vibration. A vibration in the steering wheel is likely the front wheels need balancing. A vibration in the seat or vehicle's floor board usually means rear tire balancing.

How Are Wheels Balanced?

Balancing wheels at our shop is an easy correction and precise. We remove the wheels from the vehicle and spin it on our wheel balancing machine. Once we get the reading we attach the required weights (a few ounces) to each wheel (inner and outer) which cancels out imbalances.

The best time to get a wheel balance is with a tire rotation. This is mainly for convenience and to check for any tire imbalances before rotating front tires to the rear and vice versa. 

How we balance tires:

  1. Both the tire and wheel are attached to a tire balancing machine.

  2. The wheel is spun to check imbalances This tells us how much weight to add and where on the wheel to attach it.

  3. If an imbalance is found, the technician may be able to rebalance and adjust the weights (adding more). But sometimes it requires the tech to also move the tire on the wheel and then rebalance. This is because a heavy spot on the wheel and on the tire can sometimes line up together, causing a greater imbalance that needs to be corrected.

Best Price Tire & Wheel Balancing For Your Vehicle

Maintaining a smooth driving experience without the shake means a wheel balancing service. Our relied upon mechanics can inspect your wheels to diagnose whether a wheel balance is necessary or if another problem exists. 

We understand affordable service is what every customer looks for. Our local mechanics offer great prices for our wheel balancing service and get get you on your way quickly with a job well done.

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