The Average Cost for Balancing Tires Is $25 to $31 Per Tire.
Cost at the Mechanic: $25 to $31
- Parts: $0
- Labor: $25 to $31
- DIY Difficulty Level: Difficult
- Urgency: Perform this service when mounting tires and as soon as possible when imbalanced to avoid vehicle damage.
*These prices are based on national averages. Related repairs or maintenance may also be needed. For a custom maintenance schedule based on your make, model, and mileage, download the free FIXD app.
What Is Balancing Tires?
Your tires spin very quickly as you drive down the road, and need to be in perfect balance to give you a nice smooth ride. After mounting a tire, a technician will use a machine to see if the tire is heavier on one side than the other, then install small weights on the wheel to balance out any imperfections. It only takes a few minutes, and is generally included in the process of installing new tires.
What Happens If You Don’t Balance Your Tires?
A tire that is out of balance will cause a vibration or shaking in the corner of the car it is installed on. It will become more rapid and severe the faster you drive. This not only gives you an uncomfortable ride, it can also cause damage to the studs that attach the wheel to your car, the wheel bearing, and the suspension.
Because of the specialized equipment required to balance a tire, this is a job that is best left to the professionals. The cost to balance tires is worth it.
How Often to Balance Tires
Under normal use, tires only need to be balanced once, when they’re mounted onto wheels. If you start experiencing the common symptoms listed below, however, it’s worth having them balanced again.
Common Symptoms You Need to Balance Tires
- Vibration or shaking when you drive, particularly at higher speeds
- Broken wheel studs
Related Maintenance Services
The following services are commonly performed with balancing tires:
- Tire mounting
- Tire rotation
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