Wheel Balancing


Properly balanced wheels can improve driver safety, reduce tire wear, increase fuel efficiency and minimize steering wheel vibration leading to a smoother, more comfortable ride. If you are experiencing a vibration in your steering wheel and/or through your seat, or if your tires have an irregular wear pattern, your tires may be out-of-balance. The tire professionals at Pep Boys will help protect your tire investment by maintaining the balance for the lifetime of the tire.

The CARMAX AUTOCARE Tyre Balancing Service includes:

  • Mounting each wheel on a state-of-the-art dynamic computer-controlled spin balancing machine
  • Establishing optimal balance of the tire/wheel assembly by correcting any type of imbalance
  • Check and set tire pressure to your vehicle’s specification.
  • An out-of-balance wheel will typically create a vibration or shake that becomes progressively worse as the vehicle’s speed increases. The speed at which the vibration first becomes apparent will vary depending on the size and weight of the tires and wheels, the size and weight of the vehicle, the sensitivity of the steering and suspension, and the amount of imbalance. The vibration or shake usually starts in at 40 to 50 mph and becomes more intense as your speed increases.


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How does having my wheels balanced affect my vehicle’s performance?

Changes in the distribution of weight around your tire and wheel assembly are normal and caused by day-to-day tire treadwear. But by balancing your wheels, you’re not only aiding in the proper tire treadwear, you’re also helping to minimize potential vibration in your steering wheel, seat, and floorboard. Some of the benefits you may experience after a wheel balancing include:

  • A smoother, more comfortable ride
  • Enhanced drive-train components
  • Reduced tire and treadwear


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How frequently do I get my wheels balanced?

CARMAX AUTOCARE experts can help you determine whether your tires need balancing based on treadwear or mileage. We recommends you have your wheel balance checked every 3,000 Miles or 5,000 km. High-quality tires tend to hold their balance longer than others.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms your tires may need balancing sooner:

  • Vibration in your steering wheel when driving at highway speeds
  • Vibration in your seat or floorboard when driving at highway speeds
  • Unusual tread wear patterns on your tires