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Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment

When it comes to tires, customers often confuse balancing with alignment. We understand. There's so much about your car that demands expert attention. Having properly balanced wheels is one of them.

A balanced wheel is a perfectly tuned wheel. Our technicians achieve this perfection by placing measured lead weights on the opposite side of what we call the "heavy spot." This spot reveals the noticeable tread wear on your unbalanced tire. You need a trained eye to see these spots.

Does your wheel vibrate at certain speeds?

Unbalanced wheels vibrate at certain speeds. Let's say your wheels vibrate between 50 and 70 mph. That vibration is one sign that you may need wheel balancing. The vibration is caused when one section of your tire is heavier than the other. This "heavy spot" is there because that part of the tire has received more exposure to road friction and heat.

Do you really need a wheel balancing?

It's not something we can diagnose over the phone. If you notice vibrations in the steering wheel, seat, or floorboard at certain speeds, then please come in and we'll thoroughly check for wheel balancing red flags, such as a scalloped or erratic wear pattern on your tires.

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