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post #1 of 5 Old 12-02-2013, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Do You Need to Get Your Tires Balanced?

If your steering wheel shakes or your car feels a bit bouncy while driving down the road, your vehicle may have tires that are out of balance.

If you take a close look at your carís wheels, you may notice little metal squares lined up in a row on the inside of your wheel. These are wheel weights and are put on when your wheels are balanced. A balanced wheel results in smooth driving on the road and helps to maintain the longevity of your carís tires and suspension.


Right before your new tires get placed on the car, they have to be balanced. Despite all the high-tech chemistry and science involved in making a tire they still have some weight imbalances, which are fixed by getting it balanced at a shop.

When you take your tires to get balanced, the mechanic will take the wheel to a wheel balancing machine. The machine will spin the wheel and bring out the unbalanced weight in the tire to the outer edge. The mechanic will then put weights on the opposite side of where the weight is in an effort to balance it. This is done on all your carís wheels and results in a smooth ride when driving about.
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Don't forget to balance trailer wheels also!!

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You don't need to balance your tires unless you plan on driving faster than 8 miles per hour. :-)
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Problem is, most "balancer machine techs" don't do it right. How can you tell? If you see them poke the tire on the machine, spin it up, add some weights, maybe spin check it again and take it off the machine and mount it. Chances that it's balanced well are slim to none. It's tough to get an excellent radial/axial runout balance with just one time weight addition.

If the tech spins, adds, spin checks, moves weight, spin checks, and maybe a third or fourth time, you know he/she's taken the time to get the best balance possible. Sure, takes a few extra minutes, but that's the only way to be sure.

Better yet is the load balancers that work off your suspension. But I know that most tire techs get paid squat so they don't care as long as the computer says it's good enough.

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post #5 of 5 Old 12-08-2013, 10:13 AM
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This is exactly why I do mostly everything at my dealer! The shops here in Fl are almost all parts changers instead of technicians... No testing just change it and let's see if it works then! Can't stand it, my dealer will actually diagnose and tell me what test were used and why something went bad. This is especially important in multiple sensor systems like A/C! I pay more per hour but I have a great dealership with great techs.
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