The importance of balanced wheels.
If you wish to get the best performance and longevity out of your tyres, maintaining wheel balance is essential.
Wheels that are correctly balanced enhance the safety of your vehicle. Balanced wheels, when combined with a wheel alignment, provide you with a smooth ride and reduce the chances of premature tyre wear.
What is wheel balancing?
A wheel balance ensures that the weight of your wheels is evenly distributed around the tyre. The chances of a tyre and rim being made perfectly symmetrical is unlikely. Inevitably, there will be slightly more weight somewhere on each. Even the slightest difference in weight distribution can have a negative impact on your tyres and vehicle performance, which is why a wheel balance is an important service.
At your local BestDrive store, an experienced technician will mount your tyres and wheels onto specialised equipment, which will highlight heavy and light spots on your car’s tyres. Small weights can then be added to evenly distribute weight and ensures that the wheel rotates without vibrations.
A wheel balance redistributes the weight around the tyre, extending the life of your tyres. It increases performance, extends the life of critical components, such as wheel bearings, and improves vehicle safety.
What are the signs that you may need a wheel balance?
If a wheel is out of balance, it will cause a vibration that can be felt through the steering wheel. This vibration is most noticeable when traveling at higher speeds.
Other common indicators that your car’s wheels may be unbalanced include:
- Tyres wear unevenly and the tread wears faster
- Poor fuel efficiency
- An uneven driving experience
- Prematurely worn wheel bearings
Ignoring these warning signs can have a serious impact on your vehicle’s overall safety and performance.
It is also considered best practice to have a wheel balance when fitting new tyres. This will greatly assist in even tyre wear and improve their longevity.
Tyres should be rotated at regular intervals, as per the guidelines in your vehicle owner’s manual. At these intervals, tyres should also be rebalanced if necessary.
How do tyres become imbalanced?
When mounting tyres onto wheels, it is virtually impossible for this assembly to have perfect weight distribution about its lateral and radial centres. Even the slightest imbalance in tyres can be felt in most modern cars.
Even after your tyres have been initially fitted and balanced, they will become unbalanced again over time. Tyres naturally become unbalanced over time due to general tread wear, which will slowly change the balance of the wheels. The process can be accelerated by factors such as hitting a pothole and driving on uneven surfaces.
In other words, an imbalance in tyre weight is unavoidable. As a result, your tyres will need regular review and maintenance.
Why is it important to balance your tyres?
Unbalanced wheels can cause premature tyre wear as well as causing accelerated wear to your car’s shock absorbers, struts and steering components. Not only will rebalancing your tyres extend the life of your tyres, it will also improve the overall performance and safety of your vehicle.
Tyre balancing services at your local BestDrive store
The qualified and experienced team at your local BestDrive store will ensure that your tyres and wheels are correctly balanced to avoid premature tyre wear.
When completed with a wheel alignment, a wheel balance at BestDrive will provide you with a smooth, comfortable driving experience that ensures maximum tread life and improved vehicle performance.
If you have noticed symptoms including a vibrating steering wheel or uneven tyre tread wear, contact your local BestDrive store to find out how we can best assist you.
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