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Old 03-16-2006, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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? about wheel balance...

I just put my summer wheels back on my car and have noticed that ocasionally I get a shimmy/shake from the car upon braking. I've had the lower control arm bushings replaced recently and the alignment was fine with the winter wheel/tire combo, so my question is, could that shake that I occasionally expericence be due to a wheel being off balance, or is it just slightly out of dish(not perfectly round - could be a possibilty considering the potholes in my area)

Any input would be appreciated, btw, the rotors are perfect and this does not occur everytime I brake, this never occured once with the winter wheels.

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Yes it could be the wheels. Get them balanced, costs a few bucks a wheel and only takes a few mins.
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only during braking? i know you said the rotors are fine, but how were you able to determine that they are not warped. usually this type of shimmy would be felt while driving as well, especially at low speeds.
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Are your summer tires larger than your winter tires? You could have a brake or suspension problem and the larger tires make it more noticable.
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I ran this exact tire/wheel combo last summer...no probs

so I can rule out any incompatability issues, and as far as knowing that the rotors are true, I just took the winter wheels off and handnt experienced anything like that in the 5-6k miles I put on them.

I'm leaning towards one of my wheels being slightly out of dish...

It's really only noticeable when traveling at highway speeds and braking...its enough of an problem/annoyance that I definitely want it fixed asap.
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oh at first you only said during braking, theres a possibility that the wheel could have lost a wheel wieght or something.
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turns out two wheels were off balance by about an ounce

They were balanced to the accuracy of a 1/10 of an ounce and now it seems much better. The whop who did it was great and I would highly recommend them to anyone in the eastern MA area, they are RideTech in Kingston MA.
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the whop huh? racial slurs for the guy who did your wheel alignment? sheesh, way to show respect
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