Belmont Tyrepower

When do I need a wheel balance?

Weights are placed around the wheel to balance the tyre.

There can be many reasons your vehicle may require a wheel balance but what is it and when do I need one? Simply put, it involves weights that are fitted to the rim or edge of the wheel which balance out any imperfections or vibrations caused when the wheels are rotating at high revolutions.

In short, a wheel balance is a must when:

  • Purchasing new tyres
  • You have your car serviced
  • You’ve had a tyre rotation
  • Yearly, if driving rough roads
  • Hitting any severe potholes

What happens to my wheel when I get a balance?

Your wheel is spun at high speeds on a balancing machine from its axis to test for even weight distribution. Your tyre technician then counteracts these vibrations or imbalances with small lead weights around the rim. Multiple weights can be used until the tyre is perfectly balanced and placed back on the vehicle.

Each weight is made up of either steel, lead or zinc alloy and is fitted to the outer bead of the wheel with simple clips. It is a good idea to pay some attention to these weights in the unlikely event they come off or become loose.

A wheel balance will be required after the following,

You fit new tyres.

When your new tyres are fitted professionally, a balance is then performed after the tyre has been fitted to the wheel. This could be included in your fitment or it could be offered as an option. The important thing is to not cheap out when you purchase new tyres and ensure that you get a wheel balance performed. A wheel balance will assist in achieving even tyre wear and save you money in the long run by getting the most out of your new tyres.

Subtle differences are common even from the biggest brands and this is where balancing will make sure you have 4 tyres rotating at the same rate. Tyres are manufactured using multiple techniques of layering. Layers of rubber, steel belting and internal piles make up a finished product. You only need one of these to overlap slightly to have balancing issues.

Although not visible to the untrained eye, a wheel balancing machine will quickly pick up on these problem spots.

Vibrations can be an obvious sign

We all know how our car drives, so by now we should be in tune with how it handles. Vibrations in your hands through the steering are very noticable. These are the most noticeable signs of unevenly balanced tyres. These will be especially more significant at higher speeds and should be attended to straight away.

Have you hit a large pothole lately?

After hitting a large pothole, it's quite common for your wheels to get thrown out of whack! Although it might be subtle, these issues can lead to bigger problems down the track.

Potholes are a common problem for misaligned steering and wheel alignment. If your driving is mostly on rough surfaces, a yearly alignment should keep your steering and components in check.

Are your tyres worn or have you noticed uneven tread wear?

It's simple, just a glance down at your tyres when you get in your car will indicate whether or not they are correctly balanced and aligned. Uneven tyre wear is an obvious indication that you need to have your tyres checked by a professional for a balance and alignment.

If you're experiencing any of these issues or are generally concerned about the handling of your car, then come into Belmont Tyrepower on the Corner of Campbell Street and Abernethy Road, Belmont, Western Australia or give us a call on (08) 9277 5418.

Our qualified and experienced technicians service most makes and models. We’ll be sure to run a wide range of safety checks across brakes, suspension and steering.

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