Wheel Balancing and Why It Is Necessary
Wheel balancing is important for prolonging the life of your tires and helps to ensure the best performance from your vehicle. Over time the tread on your tires wears down. This causes changes to the distribution of weight around the wheel leading to imbalance. Imbalanced wheels may be felt in unusual shaking or vibration as you drive.
To balance a wheel properly, a mounted tire must be placed on a wheel balancing machine that will pinpoint locations around the rim where weight must be added for a smooth ride. Wheel balancing is different from wheel alignment, which involves the angle of the wheels and their relation to the ground.
Wheel balancing is usually done in combination with tire rotation and is typically performed every 6,000 to 8,000 miles or 6 months.