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Old 07-06-2004, 06:24 PM   #1
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Question What is the sign of an imbalanced wheel/tire?

Just wondering what the noticeable symptoms would be of an imbalanced wheel/tire combo. I just picked up a set of new wheels/tires and noticed that one of the stick on weights appeared to have fallen off. I can't tell, but they either fell off or were moved. Anyway, just want to know what to look for...
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Old 07-06-2004, 06:43 PM   #2
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according to Tire Rack:

If you have a vibration that is dependent on speed, and usually becomes noticeable around 40-45 mph and increases as your speed increases, it's probably balance related.

they have a pretty nice chart for diagnosing vibrations:

http://www.tirerack.com/images/tires/vibechart.pdf

In any case, I would go to a good alignment tech and have them rebalance that wheel
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Old 07-06-2004, 07:06 PM   #3
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Just after new tires, when I got up 75mph the car would shake, one rear wheel was out of balance. If the steering wheel had vibrated it would suggest a front out of balance.

Took it back to the shop and had a rebalance.

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Old 07-07-2004, 12:37 AM   #4
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I've had a vibration appear at around 62mph, then it vanished when I got above 75. After getting my tires balanced it never came back.
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Old 07-07-2004, 11:31 AM   #5
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have a friend follow when ur driving and look at yr wheels. very obvious to them.
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Old 07-08-2004, 09:05 AM   #6
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have a friend follow when ur driving and look at yr wheels. very obvious to them.
Ummm, no.
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