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How Much Does Wheel Balancing Cost?

 
low costPer Wheel: $6-$20average costTotal Cost: $24-$80
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If a tire is not properly balanced it will wobble, causing a vibration that the driver and passengers can feel. Wheel balancing is the process of placing weights on the rim of the wheel so the tire rotates evenly. This improves traction and steering control, and extends the life of the tire.

Typical costs:

  • Wheel balancing can cost $6-$20 per wheel ($24-$80 for all four wheels), but it typically is about $10-$12 a wheel ($40-$40 total) depending on local labor rates, and the make and model of vehicle. This service is usually slightly more expensive at a car dealership than at a tire store or automotive repair shop. CostHelper readers report paying $24-$75 to have all four wheels balanced at a shop for an average of $50 ($12 per wheel) and $44-$70 at a dealership for an average of $53 ($13.32 per wheel).
  • A complete wheel balancing may include tire mounting (putting the tire on the wheel) and tire rotation (changing where an individual wheel-and-tire is located on the vehicle, because tires in front wear down faster than those in back) or these may be done separately for about $2-$10 per wheel. For example, the automotive centers at Walmart[1] charge $8 per wheel for balancing, $5 per tire for mounting and $2.50 per tire for rotation, or $11 per tire for a complete tire installation package with mounting, a new valve stem and both rotation and balancing every 7,500 miles.
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What should be included:
  • Goodyear outlines a typical complete wheel-balancing service[2] : removing each tire and wheel; putting each one on a balancing machine; spinning each one to make sure the weight of the wheel and tire are balanced evenly around the axle; detecting and locating any imbalance; attaching a lead weight on the opposite side of the tire to compensate for the weight difference; and remounting the wheels on the vehicle.
  • Wheel balancing is typically done anytime a tire is mounted on a wheel, or if the tire is dismounted for repair and then remounted. Although a tire will gradually wear down and eventually need to be rebalanced, car experts Tom and Ray Magliozzi of the Car Talk[3] radio show say this is a slow process, and tires that are in balance tend to stay in balance; they suggest having the wheels rebalanced only if there is a shimmy or vibration, or if the tires are remounted on different rims.
Additional costs:
  • If needed to make sure the wheels are running parallel to each other, wheel alignment can cost $20-$100 at a repair shop or $75-$400 or more at a dealership, depending on the make and model of vehicle.
Discounts:
  • Mounting and balancing may be included in the cost of buying a set of new tires. Some tire sellers also include lifetime rotations, balancing and flat repairs.
Shopping for wheel balancing:
  • Wheel balancing is done at most car dealerships; tire dealers like Big O Tires[4] , Firestone[5] or Goodyear[6] ; car repair shops like Meineke[7] or Pep Boys[8] ; and automotive departments at retailers like Costco[9] or Sears[10] .
  • The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence provides a searchable directory[11] of certified shops.
  • Consumer Reports lists tips for finding a good mechanic[12] .
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
wheel balance (front tires)
Amount: $38.00
Posted by: Hue Janus in putnam, CT.Posted: August 27th, 2014 12:08PM
Auto Shop: Valvoline
They busted 1 of my wheel studs, didn't tell me, and replaced it with a really crappy looking lugnut. Oh, and the ride quality is worse. I paid them to do this. They looked at me straight in the face, told me the total, and sent me on my way.
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One Tire Balancing
Amount: $25.00
Posted by: Nick Wang in Albuquerque, NM.Posted: November 18th, 2013 05:11PM
Car Make: ToyotaCar Model: Camry
Auto Shop: Pep Boys
Have one tire balanced, so expensive
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Tires Balanced + Rotated
Amount: $35.00
Posted by: a user in Irvine, CA.Posted: June 25th, 2013 11:06PM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Accord
Auto Shop: Americas Tire
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Rotation
Amount: $30.00
Posted by: Kosmoddd999 in Dana point, CA.Posted: March 2nd, 2013 02:03PM
Auto Shop: Valvoline
If you rotate ur tires every 6000 miles at $30 a pop, then you spend $300 overt the life of the tires. My tires couldn't of cost more than $600. So why bother with the rotation?
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Balance and tire rotation
Amount: $45.30
Posted by: iheartfrenchies in Knoxville, TN.Posted: February 18th, 2013 06:02AM
Auto Shop: Gillespie Auto Shop
This price was after a 10% military discount. Everyone was super nice, and seemed to appreciate my business. The technician also did a check on my clutch and shifting mechanism at no charge.
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Tire Rotation and Balance
Amount: $20.00
Posted by: Katie Grant in Springfield, IL.Posted: January 24th, 2013 06:01AM
Car Make: KiaCar Model: Sportage
Auto Shop: Brahler Oil & Lube
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wheel balance
Amount: $64.00
Posted by: ngwazi in mobile, AL.Posted: July 1st, 2012 07:07AM
Car Make: toyotaCar Model: 4Runner
Auto Shop: firestone
I purchased tires at firestone last year and had lifetime alignment. This year I took it for a balance of wheels whereby, It cost me $64. I was offered a one time wheel balance at $44 but i opted for the life time wheel balance so that i dont have to pay any bucks in the future.
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Tire balancing cost
Amount: $62.00
Posted by: janksully in vernon, CT.Posted: May 15th, 2012 04:05PM
Car Make: RangerCar Model:
Auto Shop: Maple Tire
Rotation and balance - seemed high since I bought my tires there about a year ago!
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Tire Balancing for 18" wheels / tires
Amount: $60.00
Posted by: Quen in Pompano Beacvh, FL.Posted: April 9th, 2012 11:04AM
Car Make: VolkswagenCar Model: Jetta
Auto Shop: LC Clark Tire
Felt it was a littler on the high end of what it should cost but since it's next door from where I work I wouldn't have to sit at a tires plus for 2 hours like I did last time for a simple oil change.
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Tires rotated & balanced
Amount: $40.00
Posted by: Mike in Lodi, NJ in Lodi, NJ.Posted: December 27th, 2011 10:12AM
Car Make: VWCar Model: Passat
Auto Shop: J&J Tire
I got it done pretty fast. I still need a wheel alignment I'm afraid
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2 tires dismount off rims/ 2 newer tires mounted/ all 4 balanced
Amount: $45.00
Posted by: central IL car owner in Athens, .Posted: September 14th, 2011 10:09PM
Car Make: FordCar Model: Contour
Auto Shop: Berts
I suspected bad rear struts, and possibly brakes. He inspected those for me too. Small town living. Good prices
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Balance Tires
Amount: $39.95
Posted by: a user in Hamilton, NJ.Posted: July 13th, 2011 02:07PM
Car Make: FordCar Model: Focus
Auto Shop: Ford
Balanced all 4 tires due to steering wheel shaking at highway speeds.
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Tires rotated & balanced
Amount: $38.00
Posted by: jd525 in Marlborough, MO.Posted: June 8th, 2011 09:06AM
Car Make: HyundaiCar Model: Santa Fe
Auto Shop: Riechbeiters Auto Shop
My car is a 2003 and vibrated at 60mph+....this fixed the problem!
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Tire rotate/balance; front wheel alignment; oil change
Amount: $95.99
Posted by: a user in Statesboro, GA.Posted: June 7th, 2011 04:06AM
Car Make: ChevyCar Model: Tahoe
Auto Shop: Meineke
Go to meineke.com and print the coupon for the $49.95 supreme oil change. Then ask them to add on the alignment.
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150 too much in Ca
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: JP1234 in Santa Ana, CA.Posted: April 25th, 2011 10:04AM
Car Make: BMWCar Model:
Auto Shop: Crevier
Creiver BMW Santa Ana tried to charge me 149.50 for tire rotation.
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Reasonable?
Amount: $25.00
Posted by: Techmine in Dallas, TX.Posted: April 15th, 2011 08:04AM
Car Make: NissanCar Model: Maxima
Auto Shop: Some shop in Dallas
....Burbank and Denton Dr Intersection....
Got rid of Nitrogen and got regular air in the tires, Rotation and Balancing. All in 20 min. Got charged $25. I think it is reasonable.
On a side note, I think Nitrogen is not worth if there is no refill facility close to your house or office. Kwik Kar here in Dallas wants to charge $40 just to check the pressure and top off Nitrogen. Its better to be able to stop at a local gas station and do it yourself.
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rotation
Amount: $15.00
Posted by: panchito in SALINA, UT.Posted: January 25th, 2011 09:01AM
Car Make: cadillacCar Model: seville sts
Auto Shop: firestone
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balance 4 tires
Amount: $54.00
Posted by: mr. commuter in Hamden, CT.Posted: January 13th, 2011 06:01PM
Car Make: NissanCar Model: Altima
Auto Shop: Monroe
Car started at vibrating over 50 mph travelling 30 miles just after blizzard. I was thrilled to find that the tires just needed to be balanced. I got in and out in a hour and a half which included 2 test drives.
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Wheel Balancing
Amount: $56.00
Posted by: FM in San Antonio, TX.Posted: January 4th, 2011 07:01PM
Car Make: NissanCar Model: Pathfinder
Auto Shop: NTB
Had coupon for oil change and tire rotation for 19.99. I asked how much would it cost to balance the tires. He said $13.99. It wasn't until I had to pay the bill did I realize he meant $13.99 per tire. I think it was excessive, but had no choice...no pay, no car keys. After some shouting, I had to give in. Next time, everything in writing.
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ROTATE AND BALANCE TIRESM 4 WHEEL WEIGHTS
Amount: $59.00
Posted by: STARGAZER in WESTBROOK, CT.Posted: September 4th, 2010 04:09PM
Car Make: HONDACar Model: ACCORD
Auto Shop: DEALERSHIP
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rotate and balance 4 tires
Amount: $24.00
Posted by: gl123844 in Ashland, AL.Posted: July 22nd, 2010 07:07AM
Car Make: chryslerCar Model: concorde
Auto Shop: Ashland Tire
took 20 minutes, very good service
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rotate and balance 4 tires
Amount: $46.75
Posted by: sand098 in GT, MD.Posted: June 18th, 2010 10:06AM
Car Make: MazdaCar Model: 2009
Auto Shop: Gaithersburg Mazda
this is after a 15% discount and during a service for oil change
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Tire Rotation & Oil Change
Amount: $130.00
Posted by: Whaaaaatheheck in Burlingame, CA.Posted: December 28th, 2009 06:12PM
Car Make: ChryslerCar Model: Sebring
Auto Shop: Putnam Chrysler Jeep Volvo
I went in for a $60 oil change...they told me I needed a tire rotation, too.

It took them 2 hours, so the charged me for two hours of labor.

I walked out $130 lighter.

WTF?
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Tire Mount & Balance
Amount: $15.00
Posted by: Twilight_Fan in Silver Spring, MD.Posted: November 23rd, 2009 05:11PM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Civic
Auto Shop: Sport Honda
Good!!!
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Tire Balancing
Amount: $30.00
Posted by: a user in Newhydepark, NY.Posted: September 1st, 2009 04:09PM
Car Make: HyundaiCar Model: veracruz
Auto Shop: Genesis Tire Town
$15 for each
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Tire Balancing
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: South Florida Guy in Davie, FL.Posted: June 27th, 2009 01:06PM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Civic 99
Auto Shop: Martino Tire of Nob Hill
No charge for the balancing but I got a high mileage oil change with tire rotation ($42.56 net). I bought all my tires there and paid for lifetime rotation/balancing. I don't know if the lifetime program is worth it but it certainly feels good when you don't have to pay.
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tire balacing
Amount: $60.00
Posted by: a user in Keller, TX.Posted: June 11th, 2009 07:06AM
Car Make: dodgeCar Model: ram
Auto Shop: Big 10
RIPPED OFF!
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Tire Rotation and Balancing
Amount: $43.95
Posted by: Raj in Jacksonville, FL.Posted: November 4th, 2008 03:11AM
Car Make: NissanCar Model: Altima
Auto Shop: Coggin Nissan at Atlantic
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External Resources:
  1.  www.walmart.com/cp/1087266
  2.  www.goodyear.com/en-US/services/tire-balancing
  3.  www.cartalk.com/content/today-dorothy-vs-husband-tire-balancing-act
  4.  www.bigotires.com/locations
  5.  www.firestonecompleteautocare.com/
  6.  www.goodyear.com/en-US/services
  7.  www.meineke.com/
  8.  www.pepboys.com/nonmgb/my_stores
  9.  tires2.costco.com/CostcoAdvantage.aspx
  10.  www.sears.com/automotive/v-1020005
  11.  www.ase.com/Landing-Pages/Car-Owners/Find-a-Repair-Shop/Shop-Locator.aspx
  12.  www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/12/how-to-find-a-great-car-mechanic/index.htm
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