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The Handling is Different – Why Is My Car Vibrating

Tips & Advice for Car, SUV & Van tyres

Symptoms: Vibration or Shimmy

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Diagnostic: Tyres Out of Balance OR Steering & Suspension System Malfunction

  • Tyres that are out of balance can cause vibrations that lead to driver fatigue, premature or uneven tyre wear, and unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle's suspension.

Solution and advice:

  • The solution could be as simple as rebalancing your tyres.
  • You might also need to fix your steering and suspension system.
  • Visit your tyre professional at the very first sign of vibration or shimmy.
  • If rebalancing doesn't eliminate the vibration, have the alignment and/or suspension system components checked.
  • Tyres should be balanced when they are mounted on wheels for the first time or when they are remounted after being repaired.

 Symptoms: Pulling to One side or Poor steering

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Diagnostic 1: Poor Alignment

Uneven front or rear tyre wear means that you need an alignment.


Many vehicles today are equipped with rear suspension that can be adjusted for alignment.

If this is the case, your vehicle may need a "front-end" alignment or a "four-wheel" alignment, depending on the symptoms you are experiencing. See your tyre dealer for an inspection.

Symptoms: Poor handling

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Diagnostic: Tyre Damage that Requires Repair

Most punctures, nail holes or cuts up to 6 mm confined to the tread may be repaired by a tyre professional using industry-approved procedures.
An on-the-wheel plug-only repair is not reliable and is dangerous. After a puncture the inside of a tyre must be inspected.


The proper repair of a radial tyre (most tyres) includes placing a rubber patch on the inner liner of the tyre and filling the hole with rubber.
Do not attempt to repair tyres with tread punctures larger than 6 mm or any sidewall puncture. Also, do not have tyres repaired that are worn below 1.6 mm tread depth.
Replace your damaged tyre with a spare tyre. First, be sure to check the spare tyre's sidewall for the correct inflation pressure, speed and mileage limitations. Take your vehicle or tyre to be inspected by a tyre professional.

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