2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Finding the Balance
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on May 4, 2016
Ed already told you about our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk pulling to the right. This started following the Renegade's recent 20,000-mile service and tire rotation. Readers suggested various diagnoses and fixes, and we kicked the problem around the office a little bit. Alignment seemed like an obvious place to start, but a few voices felt strongly that it was more of a wheel/tire issue.
We opted to start with a road force balance from our preferred local tire spot, Stokes Tires Service. A road force balance typically seeks to alleviate up/down or fore/aft shake, but but we thought it was worth ruling out whether our problems stemmed from lateral movement.
Sure enough, they were not. Both right front and right rear tires were noticeably out of spec, by 1.0 ounces in the front, 3.0 ounces in the rear. The tire service industry standard apparently shouldn't exceed 0.30 oz. imbalance for average size wheels.
The road force balance seemed to do the trick. Back on the road, the pull was absent. We'll still need to pile on some miles to see if the fix holds, if that was the source problem. So far the signs are good.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 21,258 miles