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Many factors can cause vehicles wheels to become unbalanced, and the most common is following a bump to a curb or hitting a pot hole.
When you have just had your wheels changed, it may be necessary to have them balanced. Because an imbalance not only leads to one-sided wear of the profile, it can also cause damage to the vehicle and impairment of ride comfort. This can in turn have an effect on the safety of your vehicle.
How does balancing work?
In order to balance car wheels, the stationary method is usually used. The wheels are hereby clamped in a special balancing machine and rotated. Sensors then determine whether an imbalance exists. If this is the case, small weights are attached to the rim, which compensate for the inequalities in the mass distribution of the tire.
A tyre will also naturally become unbalanced over time as the tyre wears.
The second method of balancing is electronic fine balancing. Here, the rotation of the wheel is checked while it is mounted on the vehicle. Thus, it can be ruled out that small irregularities on attachments such as the brake drum or the wheel hub cause an imbalance.
The weights can be attached to the inside or outside of the rim and are either clamped or glued. An external attachment is often necessary when due to the small distance to the brake system there is a risk that internal weights would drag while driving on the brake disc cover.
How often do I have to balance my tires?
Many vehicle owners have the wheels balanced every six months; others choose this service only when fitting new tires.
It is important to book in to have your wheels balanced if you notice inconsistencies while driving. If you notice that the steering wheel "flutters" or vibrates at certain speeds. Additionally any noises or vibrations felt through the vehicle whilst driving is also an indication that there may be a wheel balance issue.
It should be noted that an imbalance can lead to uneven wear of the tires and damage components on the steering and chassis (for example, the axle bearings). In addition, it affects the ride comfort.
Benefits of Wheel Balancing:
- Cost savings on replacing worn tyres
- Smoother Ride
- Improved safety
At Auto Surefit Motoring Centre, Wolverhampton our specially trained experts can ensure your wheels are professionally balanced, using specialist wheel balancing equipment.