Incorrect wheel balancing can not only cause vibration in the steering wheel and dashboard it also can cost you money through early wear of your tyres and suspension parts.
If you find that your steering ‘wobbles’ above a certain speed, this could be a sign that your wheels are not balanced properly. If left, this can not only be uncomfortable to drive but may also affect the performance of your vehicle. Side effects from incorrect wheel balancing could present in the following ways. 1. Road holding and handling characteristics 2. Fuel economy 3. Suspension and steering components 4. Tyres against uneven and increased wear.
All new tyres will always be balanced at the time of fitting. This is because new tyres will often have inconsistencies in the rubber compound – wheel balancing will take account of this and encourage even wear on your new tyres.
As a matter of safety, you should have your wheels checked or balanced after an impact such as a kerb, pothole or stone, or if a tyre looks abnormal or every 10,000 miles.