automotive repair Kankakee IL

Wheel Balancing

An out-of-balance wheel will typically create a vibration or shake that becomes progressively worse as the vehicle increases its speed. A tire is out of balance when one section of the tire is heavier than the rest. One ounce of imbalance on a front tire is enough to cause a noticeable vibration in the steering wheel at about 60 mph. The speed at which the vibration first becomes apparent will vary depending on the size and weight of the wheels, the size and weight of the vehicle, the sensitivity of the steering and suspension, and the amount of imbalance.

Come see us if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Your vehicle pulls to right or left when driving.
  • Your steering wheel is not straight while driving on a level road.
  • There is vibration in the steering wheel.
  • There is vibration through your seat.
  • Your tires are wearing unevenly.
  • Your tires squeal on turns.
  • Your steering feels unstable.

To balance a wheel, we mount it on a balancing machine which spins the wheel to locate the heavier part. We compensate for the heavy part by attaching a lead weight on the opposite side. Many people are pleasantly surprised at how smooth their car drives after balancing all four wheels. Most high quality tires will hold their balance fairly well and go out of balance very gradually.

If you notice a vibration that wasn't there the day before, it is possible that one of the lead balancing weights fell off. If you feel the vibration mostly in the steering wheel, the problem is most likely in a front wheel. If the vibration is mostly in the seat, the problem is probably in the rear. Either way, come see us at Roy Brothers and we will make sure you car has a smoother ride.