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Unread 08-29-2014, 02:28 PM   #1
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So I started rotating my wheels myself just because I enjoy it - the other day I noticed that the rear wheel felt noticeably heavier than the front wheel. This makes me wonder if rear wheels are balanced at a different weight than the front wheels (this sounds like it would make sense on a FWD car, since it'd even out the weight distribution.)

If this is the case then does it mean I need to re-balance the wheels every time I rotate the tires? If so then there's not a lot of practical reason to do it yourself unless you happen to have the equipment on hand needed for it.

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Are they a different size?
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If the wheels and tires are about the same size, I doubt you could tell one is heavier because of balancing. Balancing adds only a few ounces to a wheel, way less than you can tell by lifting.

I wouldn't rely on what you can feel. If the wheels are different or the tires are different sizes, then maybe.

Rotating wheels doesn't require rebalancing, however it's a good idea to get the tires balances every year or so as the balance can change as the tire wears.
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Are they a different size?
Upon closer inspection the rear wheels do appear to be slightly larger - I'd never replaced them myself so I hadn't counted on this. Thanks.

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