Tyre Balancing

Ensure that your tyre life is optimised and enjoy a smooth ride

What is a wheel balance?

One of the easiest ways to tell when something is not right with your tyres is from behind the wheel. Most of us would have encountered steering wheel wobble or vibration when we are driving at high speeds, and this can mean that a wheel is out of balance.

Your car contains tiny, but important, weights to counterbalance the heaviest part of the tyre and wheel assembly. If these weights become loose, the wheel will wobble — and the faster you are travelling, the more the wobbling intensifies. This wobbling increases steering component and tyre wear, and is potentially unsafe.

Oriel's technician can easily fix the problem. The system allows your mechanic to attach the wheel to a balancer which replicates the exact position the wheel would be in when attached to your vehicle. This way the imbalance can easily be identified and corrected.


Tyre rotation

One of the best ways you can look after your tyres is by rotating them regularly. Swapping your rear and front tyres will ensure that your tyres wear evenly, and last significantly longer. As a guide, tyres should be rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 km or at least every 6 months, even if there is no sign of uneven wear.

Different vehicles will wear their tyres at different rates. For example, a front-wheel drive vehicle will wear its tyres very differently from a rear-wheel drive. Station wagons and utes also wear their tyres differently due to the lack of weight over the rear wheels. If you’re not sure when to rotate your tyres, ask one of our friendly qualified mechanics.


How much is a wheel balance?

The cost of a wheel balance can vary depending on the make and model of your car and the type of tyres you have.

Oriel has expert tyre technicians who will be able to assist with your all your wheel balance requirements.

To get a price on a wheel balance for your vehicle, be sure to contact us.