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How-to » Preventive Maintenance » Tires & Misc. » How to Balance a Tire and Wheel
 Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.

How to Balance a Tire and Wheel

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Secure the vehicle on a level surface, making sure the vehicle will not roll or lean too much when jacked up.
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Use a jack to lift up the vehicle.
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Secure the vehicle with jack stands on both sides for safety before starting any work. The pinch welds and the frame are the two best locations. Do not rely on the jack to hold the vehicle up while working.
4
Remove wheels by removing the lugs nuts that are holding them on. To do this you will need to find the correct size socket and large ratchet or tire iron and turn them counter clockwise. If the vehicle is equipped with hub caps (plastic covers over the wheels) these will need to be removed to access the lug nuts.
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Clean wheel and remove all wheel weights. Install wheel on balance machine.
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Turn on the balance machine.
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Install wheel weights where needed. Turn on the balance machine to confirm a balanced wheel. Repeat for 3 remaining wheels.
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Reinstall wheels onto the vehicle.
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Road test vehicle to confirm repair.
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