Feeling the vibes? A shaky or vibrating steering wheel or floorboard is a sign that your wheels may be out of balance. What this means is that there is a heavy spot on your wheel, which prevents them from rotating in a tightly focused circular motion. Weight differences of less than an ounce can throw a wheel out of balance causing vibrations, poor handling, lower gas mileage, and uneven tire wear.
When you come to Levin Tire for a wheel balance, our tire experts will test your wheels using our state of the art equipment. We can detect weight differences on a wheel as small as ¼ of an ounce. Our technicians apply small metal wheel weights to make sure the tire is balanced evenly around the axle.
Wheel balancing services at Levin Tire come with standard limited warranty on parts and labor, good for 24 months or 24,000 miles; and a lifetime limited warranty on parts.
Once you drive away with balanced tires, every bump or dip in the road begins throwing them out of balance again. Therefore, it is important to include wheel balancing as part of your regular maintenance. Typically, wheels need to be balanced every 4,000 to 6,000 miles.
Road Force Balance
Levin Tire also offers Road Force Balancing, an advanced computerized method that balances tires by simulating road force— it applies about 1200 lbs. of pressure on the tire as it spins, then provides the technician with the information needed to properly balance the tire. Road Force Balancing is ideal for all types of tires, particularly if you're buying new.
If you need to get your tires back in balance, give us a call or stop into any of our 7 convenient locations today; there's no appointment necessary!