What does this mean?
It is probably due to tires that are out of balance or rims that are bent. Tires commonly become out of balance near the end of their life. If your tires have plenty of tread, it's probably a slightly bent rim.
On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 4. 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?
Unless the vibration is minimal (barely noticeable), and if the tires are near the end of their life, we'd recommend getting it taken care of sooner rather than later. It is generally a cheap fix. You have two ways to proceed: * If you know where the tires were purchased, call and find out if the tires have a lifetime balance warranty. Most shops provide this. You can take your tires in and they will tell if you have a tire out of balance or a bent rim. * If the tire balance isn't warrantied or if you don't know where the tires were purchased, then pick the best tire shop and have them check the tire balance. In some cases, rebalancing the tire can compensate for a slightly bent rim. We have no affiliation with a tire shop, so you cannot book them through our site. We'd recommend Discount Tire or Costco. We've found they consistently do excellent work.
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.