Wheel Balance and Vibration Control

Why is my car vibrating?

It has happened to all of us. You're driving on the highway, cruising at about 65 mph, and suddenly you can feel your car or truck shaking. What do you do? Ignore it? Unchecked, excessive wheel vibration can result in excessive tire wear, damage to suspension and steering parts, and unsafe steering and handling. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away, so it's important to have your tires balanced regularly.

What causes excessive wheel vibration?

Vibration can come from improper tire pressure or worn out steering and suspension components. Some other causes are wheel to axle mounting errors, drive train or engine component wear , or brake component wear.

The most common cause of tire shakes or vibrations is tire balance. Most vibrations can be resolved by having your tires balanced by a certified technician, but in some cases, simply balancing them will not fix the issue and your vehicle will continue to vibrate. For these type of instances, it is a good idea to use a tire balancer machine like a Hunter Road Force Touch Balancer, which we have here at Wheel City Tire and Alignment. A reputable technician will have this type of balancer, which uses a "road roller" to perform a computer simulated road test and can measure the exact cause of the wheel-related vibration.