What does this mean?
We are reasonably sure there is a problem with the “balance” of your wheels. Wheels and tires are not made perfectly. Sometimes one side of the tire will weight slightly more. When tires are mounted onto your car, tiny weights are added to ensure weight is “balanced”. If you get mud inside of the wheel, the mud acts as weight. The solution is to wash out the mud with a hose. Make sure you get the inside of the wheel (through the spokes). If that doesn’t fix it, you’ll need to go to a tire shop to get the tires rebalanced. Check where you bought the tires. Most shops will rebalance the tires for free. We’re currently unable to get bids for tire repairs. If you’re looking for a good tire shop, try Discount Tire.
On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 7. Some repairs have very low urgency, and we give those a 1. With these repairs, you can wait for as long as you would like, because it will not ever result in harm to you or your vehicle. These are usually cosmetic damages.
We consider a 5 to be something that will eventually need to be done, but you can likely get away with holding off for a while if other things are more pressing. However, if a repair is close to a 10 (or at a 10), this means you should NOT be driving the vehicle, and should get this repaired as soon as possible.
What happens if I wait?
It’s free or very cheap to get this fixed. If severe, get it fixed immediately.
How complicated is this repair?
- This job has no tools required, and can be completed by just about anyone.
- This requires a relatively handy person, but little experience working on cars exclusively.
- This warrants an average person who’s done a fair amount of car repair. Think the weekend mechanic who’s done a brake job or two!
- At this difficulty, the average mechanic could do the job, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself without a fair amount of experience.
- This job is very specialized, requiring very expensive tools only a specialty shop has and a high level of expertise.