April 22, 2024

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What are the symptoms of an out-of-balance front wheel?

Q: What are the symptoms of an out-of-balance front wheel, and how can you tell which wheel is the problem?

A: Typically, an out-of-balance wheel/tire will cause a vibration at speeds of about 35 miles per hour. If you are feeling a vibration at lower speeds, the issue is a bent wheel or damaged tire with a belt separation.

When a front tire is out of balance, a vibration is typically felt in the steering wheel.

Regarding which tire, there is no good way to tell. If there is a vibration at speed, it makes sense to balance all four tires.

Q: I came out of a restaurant the other day and noticed some minor fender scratches. How do I remove the damage? 

A: It really depends on the situation. If the marks are paint transfer or rubber marks and the paint itself is not scratched, a light application of a polishing compound or a solvent will remove the marks.