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How Much Does It Cost to Balance Tires?

How much does it cost to balance tires?

The Average Cost for Balancing Tires Is $25 to $31 Per Tire.

This price range is based on national averages for all vehicles and does not factor in taxes, fees, or your particular make and model. Related repairs or maintenance, such as tire mounting or rotation, may also be needed. For a more accurate estimate based on your make, model, and location, use the RepairPal Fair Price Estimator.

Get a more accurate estimate for your tire balancing using RepairPal’s Fair Price Estimator:

Cost at the Mechanic: $25 to $31

  • Parts: $0
  • Labor: $25 to $31
  • DIY Difficulty Level: Difficult

Balancing tires requires special equipment that only a shop is going to have. There is no DIY solution for this. Fortunately, the job doesn’t take long, and the price is quite affordable.

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

The following services are commonly performed with balancing tires:

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Justin-Hughes

Recovering autocross and track day enthusiast. Once turned a VW Jetta into a pickup truck. Lives in a van down by the river. Dream car: 2001 Subaru WRC rally car.

Justin Hughes
Recovering autocross and track day enthusiast. Once turned a VW Jetta into a pickup truck. Lives in a van down by the river. Dream car: 2001 Subaru WRC rally car.

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