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What Is Wheel Balancing?

Wheel balancing is a procedure that balances the weight of your car’s tire and wheel assembly to ensure that your car travels evenly at high speeds and improves your vehicle’s performance and gas mileage. At Michael J’s Body Shop, we offer professional wheel balancing in San Jose, CA. Our car wheel balancing services will center the wheel and make sure the weight is evenly distributed throughout the wheels and tires of the vehicle. The wheel will rotate smoothly and wear smoothly, making it less likely to become damaged or worn out quickly. Call us today to find out if your car needs tire balancing.


Wheel Balancing in San Jose, CA

Watch for Signs You Need Tire Balancing

Both tire balancing and alignment make sure your car runs smoothly and efficiently. The signs you need to visit our shop for balancing tires or repairing your alignment can sometimes be similar. Our car wheel balancing services correct uneven weight distribution across your wheels and tires. We use a state-of-the-art machine to spin your tire and wheel assembly and measure the imbalance. Our experienced auto technicians then install the correct tire weights to achieve proper balance. Call us today if you notice any of these signs of unbalanced tires:

  • Your vehicle pulls to one side while driving.
  • Your tires wear too quickly or wear unevenly.
  • Your steering wheel shakes or vibrates when you’re driving.
  • You hear unusual noises when driving, such as buzzing or humming.
  • You notice wobbly handling.
  • Your tires are under uneven pressure, and you have to add air to one or two of the tires more often than the others.
  • A decrease in your fuel economy causing you to have to fill your tank more often than usual.

What Causes Unbalanced Tires?

Everyday wear and tear can cause tires to become unbalanced over the years. Tire weights can also come off during an accident when a flat is repaired or if you hit a curb or pothole. Your tires may also be unbalanced if the car wheels were assembled incorrectly or the tire weights were not installed properly. If you live in a particularly cold region, you may experience regular tire deflation, which can cause an imbalance.

How to Tell Which Tire Is Out of Balance

Your imbalanced tire will wobble or hop up and down, which causes vibration. If one of your front tires isn’t properly balanced, you will feel frequent vibration in the steering wheel. If your rear tire isn’t properly balanced, you will feel shaking in your car seat or floor. You can also tell by checking your tires for wear and tear. An imbalanced tire will show an uneven pattern of wear on the outside or inside of the tire.

When Should I Consider Car Wheel Balancing?

You should always get car wheel balancing when you have new tires installed on your car or if you get a flat and have your tires repaired. You should also visit our auto technicians for wheel balancing if you notice uneven tire wear or feel a vibration in the steering wheel, floorboard, or seat. You should have your tires rotated and inspected every 5,000 miles and consider tire balancing every two years or once yearly if you regularly drive on rough or unpaved roads.

Can You Drive With Your Tire Out of Balance?

When you drive with imbalanced tires, you are causing significant wear and tear on your vehicle’s suspension system. The added vibrations can affect your suspension system and lead to poor handling and stability, a higher risk of auto damage, uneven tire wear, and increased noise. You may also experience fuel inefficiency, which means you’ll be spending more on gas. Finally, you’re at risk of an auto accident because you’ll have poor steering control. We can quickly assess and repair your tire’s balance to make your car safer and more comfortable to drive.

Contact Us for Balancing Tires in San Jose, CA

Call us today or contact us online to schedule an appointment for balancing tires in San Jose, CA. We will thoroughly inspect your tires for signs of imbalance and quickly provide car wheel balancing so you can get back on the road. We are a family-owned and operated business that has been providing auto repairs, collision repairs, dent and scratch repairs, auto detail work, and auto body repair services since 1988. We work hard to maintain the safety, performance, and value of our customers’ cars.

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