Wheel Balancing

Steve Cusson
Steve Cusson

Steve is the owner of Phobia Auto Care. Steve has been a mechanic for 8 years now and just like any mechanic he started from the bottom. He worked at multiple places like Canada West Truck Center and then moved over to Cummins Western Canada.

Well, we’re coming into that tire changeover season so let’s talk about balance: Why do wheels need to be balanced?

Wheels need to be balanced so that we can prevent your car from shaking itself to pieces while you’re driving.

How is the wheel balanced?

We have a whole wall of different style weights that we put on different places on your wheel to even everything out and make it nice and smooth. It’ll make your tires last longer, your vehicle drives smoother, and it helps prevent some uneven tire wear.

how do I know my wheel is unbalanced easiest way to know your wheel is unbalanced at highway speeds you’ll feel a shake in your steering wheel or a shake in the back of your pant leg.

Why do I need to balance all four of my wheels?

If you have an issue with balance, it’s very difficult to pinpoint the location. Therefore, we always balance all four tires. The rim and the tire together must be balanced. As an assembly there’s heavy points in your tire and heavy points on your rim. When you get new tires, you should always re-balance them.  So, when I go from summer to winter, I must re-balance. Any time that a tire is taken off a wheel, it must be re-balanced when it’s put back on.

When you do a winter tire changeover, that’ the best time to get them balanced because they’re already off the vehicle. Getting your tires re-balanced will take about a half an hour and up depending on the wheel and tire package that you have.

Can you guys balance my big truck wheels?

We can balance anything from corvettes to Honda civics, Hummers, heavy duty trucks, lifted vehicles, anything!