What is Wheel Balancing
Wheel balancing is the process of balancing the weight of a tyre and wheel assembly so that it travels evenly at high speeds. Balancing requires putting a mounted wheel and tyre on a
balancer, which centres the wheel and spins it to determine where the weights should go. Every time a wheel is first mounted onto a vehicle with a new tyre, it must be balanced. The
goal is to make sure the weight is evenly distributed throughout each of the wheels and tyres on a vehicle. This process evens out heavy and light spots in a wheel, so that it rotates
smoothly. If there is even a slight difference in weight in the wheels, it will cause enough momentum to create a vibration in the car.
In fact, wheels and tyres are never exactly the same weight all around. The wheel's valve stem hole will usually subtract a small amount of weight from that side of the wheel. Tyres
will also have slight weight imbalances, whether from a joining point of the cap plies or a slight deviation from perfectly round. At high speeds, even a tiny imbalance in weight can
become a large imbalance in outward force, which could cause the wheel and tyre assembly to spin in a heavy and uneven motion. This usually turns into a vibration in the car as well
that could cause uneven and damaging wear on the tyres. Maintaining proper wheel balance is a critical part of maintaining the life of the tyre. Also, proper wheel balancing ensures
your vehicle has a smooth and vibration free ride.
Your wheels might need to be balanced if any of the following apply to your vehicle:
Unbalanced wheels will generally cause your vehicles steering wheel to shake between 80km/h and 120km/h in most cases.
Wheel balancing is the process of equalizing the weight of the combined tyre and wheel assembly so that it spins smoothly at high speed.
A wheel that is not balanced correctly will hop and bounce on the ground at speed or while cornering causing irregular tyre wear.
An unbalanced wheel and tyre assembly can cause a harmonic like vibration through the vehicle driveline resulting in a constant shuddering vibration at various speeds.
A wheel balance is essential to ensuring your comfort and safety while you drive.
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