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Wheel Balancing - Why it is Vitally Important for a Smooth Drive

by Dean Jones Auto Services

Wheel balancing is also known as tyre balancing. It is nothing but evening out the weight distribution of rubber across the tyre body. One who is new to the world of tyres and automobiles may be curious about it. The necessity of wheel balancing comes as it makes sure you can drive your precious bean on a straight line on the road.

Let’s delve deeper into the world of wheel balancing.

Signals from your car

When your car wheel is imbalanced, it shows few signs that shouldn’t be neglected. These signs are:

  • A vibration of the car at higher speed.

  • Cupped wear tyre pattern.

  • Vibration in the steering and seats.

Reasons why balancing is necessary

Keep a straight line – When a car wheel is mounted on a wheel for the very first time, it is never balanced. Before the manufacturer unveils a new car to the world, they adjust the wheel out.

And moreover, wheels lose their balance over time. Road conditions, driving styles can cause early wheel imbalance. So, it is always necessary to balance your wheels once every year.

Smooth drive – Wheel balancing makes sure your ride is smooth, and there is a minimal problem with the car.

Fuel saver – Another reason to opt for this service is to make sure minimal fuel usage and drainage. A wheel balanced car's fuel utilisation is far better than a car, which isn't stable.

There are some local garages which provide wheel balancing as a service. You should opt for professional vehicle service facilities such as Harvey Tyres for precision wheel balancing in Longton.

Wheel and tyre on balance

Traditionally, a wheel along with its tyre is mounted on a wheel balancer to check if it spins smoothly and won't cause any problem while doing the same on the tarmac. The wheel balancer has a centre, and your wheel is mounted on it. While a technician spins it fast, he/she checks for the unbalance.

To put it in perspective, a wheel and tyre mounted together are never balanced. Or, to put it accurately, their weight is never the same all around.

A wheel's valve stem hole subtracts a small amount of weight from any one side of the wheel. Similarly, tyres also have small imbalances. Though it seems small, at high speeds, even a tiny imbalance can cause severe vibrations.

As stated before, a wheel goes into the wheel balancer's spindle through a centre bore. On that, a metal cone is also inserted to make sure the wheel is entirely centred. This wheel balancer spins the assembly at a very high speed. So, after the spinning, the technicians from your garages put weights on lighter parts and evens out any imbalance.

Types of wheel balancing

Apart from the reasons, why it is essential, how it is done, there is another crucial aspect.

There are basically, two types of tyres balancing.

  1. Static Balancing

  2. Dynamic Balancing

Though both are used in balancing an imbalanced wheel, dynamic balancing is mostly opted for.

With the given information, it is assured, there are very few stones left unturned. Research a little more and you’re good to go for a wheel balancing in Longton at your nearest auto garage.


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