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Old 02-05-2004, 01:55 PM   #1
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Default if you dont balance your tires

What is the effect of this?

My steering wheel now shakes vigourously at highway speeds. Can I attribute this to no balancing my tires when I rotated them?
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Old 02-05-2004, 02:06 PM   #2
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You shouldn't need to balance your tires when you rotate your tires. Balancing is typically done when the tire is mounted on a wheel.

Make sure you put on all the lugnuts when you rotated your tires. A missing lugnut will cause vibration.

Other possibilities: You hit a pothole and one of your wheels is out-of-round. Or there is snow or mud packed in your wheel. Or one of the weights used in balancing fell off.
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Old 02-05-2004, 03:27 PM   #3
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I balance and rotate every 5k religiously. My tire guy checks all wheels/tires for balance at that time. Most times at least 3 or 4 tires need to be rebalanced. IMHO, balancing keeps your suspension and steering feeling like new...........well worth the $$$.
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Old 02-05-2004, 04:17 PM   #4
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Balancing and rotating every 5K is excessive. If 3 or 4 need to be rebalanced every time you need someone a little better at attaching the weights or your wheels are seriously bent. I check the balance on my tires about 2 times a year and they almost never need to be rebalanced.

Check for a missing weight or some snow/mud packed in one or two wheels. That is usually the culprit. Otherwise it's more than likely a bent wheel or a suspension member.
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Old 02-05-2004, 04:22 PM   #5
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Originally posted by speedyHAM
Balancing and rotating every 5K is excessive.

If this problem crept up (vibration slowly grew worse), its not likely to be a bent rim or something stuck inside the wheel or a weight falling off.

I suggest taking each one off and giving them a close inspection before spending the $ at the tire shop for a complete balance. Check the tires for even wear while they're off.

I was getting a HORRIBLE vibration last week at about 65 mph and it turned out to be a fist-sized lump of snow stuck to the inside of one of the wheels.
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Old 02-05-2004, 05:19 PM   #6
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I am having the same problem. I put bigger rims/tires on and my steering wheel vibrates above 55mph. It did not do this with the stock wheels/tires. the new wheels were balanced and I am pretty sure that all the weights are still on. Do I just need an alignment?
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Old 02-05-2004, 11:18 PM   #7
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bad wheel alignment doesn't cause this kind of shaking.

are these aftermarket wheels? are they hubcentric?
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Old 02-26-2004, 12:30 AM   #8
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I checked for snow/mud etc... nothing unsual. My guess is that after "X" miles they will eventually cause this. Once I replaced my tires and balanced the tires.... the problem went away. go figure..

oh yea and stock wheels. And the new Kumho ASX are great for the price. Best bang for the buck.
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Old 02-26-2004, 12:37 AM   #9
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well sometimes the mud/snow it takes to cause imbalance is very small.
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