How Much Does it Cost to Get a Tire Mounted and Balanced?

Do you know what tire mounting and balancing are? It’s when an automotive technician mounts the tires on your car to the wheel, then balances them. Balancing is important because it helps keep your tires from wearing out unevenly or prematurely. Tire mount and balancing can be done in various ways, including manually, with hydraulic equipment, or with air pressure. 

Some experts say manual balancing is best for those who want to save money over time and experience with this process. For others, though, they prefer using more expensive machines that offer quick results so they can get back on the road as soon as possible! 

The mounting and balancing tires for a vehicle is important to ensure that the tire will operate as designed. Achieving this goal requires a professional technician with the right equipment and knowledge to properly mount, balance, and inflate each tire. 

Tires are an important part of keeping your car in good condition, but how much does it cost to mount and balance tires? Check out it here.

What it Means to Mount and Balance Your Tires

Mounting Your Tires

Mounting your tires is easier to understand and explain that balance – it’s pretty self-explanatory. Mounting is when the technician puts the tires on the wheels and installs the wheels onto the vehicle’s axles. Using a machine is the easiest and the quickest way to mount your tires, usually used in attire shops and dealerships. There are three ways tires can be mounted: 

  • With a machine – easiest and quickest 
  • With a non-automatic tire changer – great for those who can’t get the machine 
  • By hand – needs more care and precision 

Balancing Your Tires

Balancing the tires means that, for the tires to be in balance, the centre of gravity needs to be identical to the axis of the rotator. Another way to explain it is that the tires are considered balanced when the wheel’s mass and tires are evenly distributed around the axle to create any vibrations when the tire spins. 

So How Does Balancing Work?

Spin Balancing

Your installer uses special equipment to analyze the tires and wheels and find any heavy spots that could cause them to vibrate when spinning. Then, one at a time, the tire and wheel assemblies are placed on the balancing machine and run through a series of diagnostic tests. First, the machine identifies where the tire and wheel assembly is out of balance. Then the technician corrects any imbalances by applying small weights to the rim at specific locations to even out the weight distribution.

Road Force Balancing

While spin balancing spins the tire assembly in the air to find imbalances, a Road Force balancer simulates the force of the road on a tire by pressing a large roller against the tire as it spins. Then the machine measures the deviation from perfect roundness so the technician can balance the tire. As a result, road Force balancing may detect tire issues not found by spin balancing.

How Unbalanced Wheels Can Take You on a Bumpy Ride

If your wheels and tires are out of balance, your vehicle’s ride can be affected. For example, if you’re experiencing vibration that starts at around 40-45 mph and worsens as your speed increases, chances are you have an out of balance tire.

Most of us are sensitive to vibrations while driving, and even a small vibration can be extremely annoying. And that’s not all – the repetitive vibrations can make your tires wear out faster, along with the wheel bearings, shocks, and other suspension components.

Vibrations can also occur if the wheel and tire are not completely round. For example, if there’s a high spot on the wheel and a high spot on the tire, and they happen to be lined up, the high spot will be even more pronounced. A trained technician can usually correct this problem by rotating the tire slightly on the wheel so the high spots are no longer matched up.

How Do I Know If My Tires Need to Be Balanced?

Tire balancing is a tune-up for your wheel-tire set. It makes sure that weight is evenly distributed around the entire circumference of the unit. The common symptoms of out-of-balance tires are uneven and faster tread wear, poor fuel economy, and vibration in the steering wheel, the floorboard or the seat that gets worse faster.

When all areas of the wheel-tire unit are as equal in weight as possible, the tire will roll smoothly. This helps it wear evenly for the longest life. Balancing also contributes to ride comfort: Imbalanced tires will wobble or hop up and down, which causes vibration. If a front tire isn’t properly balanced, you’ll likely feel a vibration in the steering wheel. If the problem is in the rear, the tremor will be noticeable in the seat or floor.

Imbalanced tires are easily corrected, but the work is precise. It’s done by attaching small weights, just fractions of ounces, to the wheel.

Can I Do This Myself?

Dedicated car enthusiasts can perform both tire mounting and tire balancing at home. However, it is much more difficult and requires more effort without the proper equipment — especially the balancing process.

Professionals use tire mounting machines as well as various kinds of balancing equipment and technology. For example, professionals can balance them through road force balancing and pressing a roller against the tires when installing tires. At the same time, they spin, simulating the contact the tire would have with a road and analyzing the balance until it is complete. They also might perform a spin balancing procedure, which allows much of the same analysis while simply spinning the tire at a high rate in the air. From there, professional tire installers can shift the weight on the wheel until the tires are balanced.

These are procedures that many professionals become experts at performing, so while it’s possible to do them yourself, it could be well worth your time, money, and effort to ask a pro to handle it.

What Could Go Wrong?

As with most instances of DIY car maintenance, improper tire mounting and tire balancing can both lead to issues when you get back on the road. Therefore, it is extremely important to ensure these processes are handled with care and detail to avoid those mishaps.

When a tire is not mounted or balanced correctly, it will be fairly obvious because of the vibrations you’ll feel. In addition, tires might be mounted with too much lubricant that could cause slipping during braking or acceleration. If a tire is going to slip, it’ll likely happen shortly after it has been mounted. That could throw the tires back out of balance even if you correctly did that aspect of the process.

Improper balance is more common among amateur maintenance because it is more complex. When driving, an imbalanced tire will likely vibrate as well because of its misalignment with the wheel’s centre of gravity.

Not only will those vibrations make for a more uncomfortable ride, but the constant vibration could likely cause quicker wear on your tires. That, of course, means you are spending more money and going through the headaches of the process once again!

Balancing Versus Alignment

Though both should be part of regular auto maintenance, balancing isn’t the same as getting an alignment. Wheel alignment corrects the angles of the tires, so they travel in the same direction and make contact with the road properly. Alignment reduces uneven tire wear and extends the life of your tires. Frequently tire balancing and alignment are perceived to be the same thing but are not.

When to Get Tire Balancing Done:

  • You feel a vibration in the steering wheel, the floorboard or your seat.
  • You get them rotated, generally every 5,000 miles.
  • At the very least every two years, once yearly if you drive rough roads.
  • You get a flat and repair a tire.
  • You buy any new tire(s).
  • A weight that used to be on the rim falls off.
  • You notice uneven tire wear.

Tire balancing and rotation are often done simultaneously, but they aren’t the same service. Tire rotation is when a vehicle’s front and rear wheels are switched to even out tread wear between them. Since both require removing each wheel, it’s convenient to do them at the same time.

Vibration when underway could be caused by an imbalanced tire and wheel assembly or something else — a bent wheel, a damaged tire (which won’t be fixed by balancing), worn suspension parts or other aging components. If you feel a vibration, don’t wait to get it diagnosed. You’ll head off other problems — and enjoy a smoother ride — when your tires are well balanced.

What Is the Average Tire Mount and Balance Cost in America?

How much it costs to mount and balance tires depends on your area. On average, it ranges from $15 to $45 per tire. It might cost a bit more depending on additional features like Road Force Balancing. Road Force Balancing measures the tire and wheel to ensure the tire is rolling smoothly under a car’s weight. Other additional costs depend on your area and might include disposal fees, taxes, and shop handling fees.

Some companies like Wal-Mart offer lower installation prices for those that buy tires at their stores. Remember, the better the tire, the longer they last on the roads.

Cost to Install New Tires and Old Tires

The standard installation fees for installing tires are generally similar across the board, meaning it should cost you the same to install new tires or old tires. However, there are a few exceptions, including Walmart, where installing a tire will depend on your vehicle’s make, model, year, and quality of the tire.

How Much Does it Cost to Mount Winter Tires?

Winter tires cost more to mount than summer tires, but on average, up to 16” tires cost $60 per set of four, 17” tires cost $70 per set of four, 18” tires cost $80 per set of four, and 19” tires cost $90 per set of four.

These prices vary from company to company, so check with your service provider and compare costs before mounting your tire on a rim.

Why Mount and Balance New Tires?

Don’t Slip up When Replacing New Tires.

We can take care of your balancing and mounting needs. For example, our technicians know that when you buy two tires, it’s important that the new ones are always installed in the rear. Then, the worn tires can be moved to the front. By putting the new tires with deeper tread on the rear axle, you provide your vehicle with better resistance against hydroplaning and prevent losing control on wet, slippery roads.

When you purchase new tires for your vehicle, it’s important to refer to your vehicle manufacturer’s tire replacement and application recommendations. You can find this information in the owner’s manual and tire information placard.

The Importance of Mounting & Balancing New Tires

When you invest in a set of new tires or wheels, one of the experts at Tires Plus will mount and balance them. The mounting process is pretty straightforward. It means putting the tires on the wheels and putting those wheels on the axles. The balancing process can be a bit more complex, but it needs to be done when your tires are repaired or rotated.

When a wheel is “balanced,” the mass of the wheel and tire is evenly distributed all around the axle. In other words, there are no sections of the tire or rim that are heavier than other sections. However, a wheel can become unbalanced from damage or imperfection in the rubber or other materials. When it becomes unbalanced, you’re in for a bumpy (and even noisy) ride.

Tire Mount and Balancing FAQs

What Is Tire Balancing and Why Is it Necessary?

Tire BalancingTire balancing is one of the recommended services listed in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Often confused with wheel alignment, tire balancing is important for assuring the best performance and gaining the longest service life from tires.

Tire balancing provides a smooth ride and assures even tire wear by properly adjusting the tire weight distribution around the vehicle. Tire balancing is different from wheel alignment, which involves the angle of the wheels and their relation to the ground.

As you drive, your tires lose balance, so periodic tire balancing service is needed to return proper balance. In addition, over time, tread wear causes the distribution of weight around the tire to change, which leads to an imbalance. This may be felt in unusual shaking or vibration as you drive.

When you have tire balancing service done, the technician will use a calibrated spin balancer, testing non-moving/static balance and the moving/dynamic balance. Tires will be restored to the proper balance per the test results. Tire balancing is usually done with tire rotation and is typically performed every 5-6,000 miles or 6 months.

Taking your car in for regular tire balancing service is especially critical in today’s vehicles, which are designed to be lighter weight. The heavier weight of older model cars helped smooth out the ride by suppressing vibrations before they were felt. Modern tire design is more responsive, with lower profiles for style and performance. As a result, tire imbalance can cause problems for both the vehicle and tires.

How Often Should You Mount and Balance Tires?

Only 11-per cent of drivers check their tires’ inflation pressure every month, so it stands to reason that an even smaller percentage bother themselves with making sure their tires remain perfectly balanced. But just like correct inflation pressure, regular tire rotations and precise alignment, periodically balancing your tires is a part of proper tire maintenance. When new, during rotation intervals and certainly any time a vibration is detected, your tires should be inspected for proper balance. With curbed rims, lost counterweights, flat-spotting and tire-to-wheel slippage all being common occurrences in everyday driving, it doesn’t take much to disrupt the perfect balance your tire and wheel assemblies had when they were brand-new.

For everything you ever wanted (and needed) to know about balancing, the information below is intended to help you get the best ride quality, longest tread wear and optimum safety out of your tires.

What Causes a Tire to Become Out of Balance?

You’d be surprised at just how easily a tire can become imbalanced. For example, a hard skid in a panic-brake situation can flat spot a tire. With the tire no longer perfectly round, it’s likely to add vibration to your driving experience. A bent rim or the loss of a counterweight are other common causes of imbalance. Aggressive acceleration or braking can result in tire-to-rim slippage, which also affects balance. Some of the above scenarios aren’t always avoidable in normal driving, making it all the more important to check for proper balance anytime you rotate or experience a vibration while driving your vehicle.

Scroll to Top