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The Benefit of Wheel Balance

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 Wheels Need Balancing?

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

When a wheel is out of balance, it can cause noticeable vibrations in the vehicle, which can affect the handling and comfort of the ride. Here are some common signs of a wheel balancing issue:

  • Vibrations: A shaking or vibrating sensation can be felt in the steering wheel, floor, or seats, especially at higher speeds.

  • Uneven tire wear: An unbalanced wheel can cause the tires to wear unevenly, which can lead to a shorter lifespan for the tires.

  • Steering wheel vibration: The steering wheel may vibrate or shake while driving, especially at higher speeds.

  • Pulling to one side: The vehicle may pull to one side or feel like it's drifting, which can be a sign of a wheel imbalance.

  • Noisy tires: An unbalanced tire can produce a humming or buzzing noise, especially at higher speeds.

If you notice any of these signs, it's important to have your wheels checked and balanced as soon as possible to avoid any further damage or safety issues.

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 helps 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 We Balance Wheels?

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.

Front Rear & All 4 Wheel Balancing Service

Front wheel balancing, rear wheel balancing, and all four wheel balancing are all important for maintaining the stability and safety of a vehicle.

Front wheel balancing involves ensuring that the two front wheels of the vehicle are evenly balanced, so that they rotate smoothly and without vibration. This is important because any imbalance in the front wheels can cause the steering wheel to shake, making it difficult to control the vehicle.

Rear wheel balancing is less common than front wheel balancing and involves balancing the two rear wheels of the vehicle. This is important for ensuring a smooth and stable ride, particularly at high speeds.

All four wheel balancing involves balancing all four wheels of the vehicle, including the front and rear wheels. This is the most comprehensive form of balancing and can provide the most stable and smooth ride.

The type of balancing that is required for a vehicle will depend on a number of factors, including the make and model of the vehicle, the type of tires that are being used, and the driving conditions.

 In general, it is recommended that all four wheel balancing be done regularly as part of routine vehicle maintenance to ensure optimal performance and safety.

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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