front of the jeep

Big Wheels Keep on Turning – Brian’s Jeep Cherokee

Every now and then, I get something a bit different. Sometimes it’s a race car, sometimes it’s a funky, little electric tuner car, and sometimes it’s an off-road machine. This cool Jeep Cherokee belongs to Brian, and he came over tonight to diagnose a slightly shaky steering wheel between 65 and 70 miles per hour. Luckily, it was nothing serious — just your classic case of mis-balanced wheels/tires.

big wheel from the cherokee

One-by-one, I removed each massive wheel and analyzed them on my Coats balancer. I hadn’t gone to the gym in years, but I don’t feel so guilty about that anymore.

Three of the wheels were only slightly off-balance (about 1.5-0.75 ounces) — not too bad. However, one of the wheels was missing all of its clipped-on weights, causing it to be off-balance by nearly 6.5 ounces. It’s likely that the weights were knocked off on an off-roading adventure, or perhaps they were never added in the first place. After re-balancing, it was smooth sailing (or driving) from there, and the shaky feeling at highway speed was no more.

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Hi, I'm Michael, and I'm the main guy behind Goodnight Tire Service. I'm the writer of this article and the person that helps people with their tires. If you're looking for help with your tires, consider taking advantage of my after-hours services, and send me a message. My contact info is at the top of the page.

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