Most people who drive will have felt the effects of what happens when wheels lose their balancing at some stage and it is not a comfortable experience. Severe vibration felt through the steering wheel, while only one of the symptoms, can cause irritation and loss of focus when traveling at speeds and lead to an accident.
It can also lead to faster wear on other vital components in the wheel assembly and suspension system that may be expensive to repair. So it is always essential that you carry out regular wheel alignment and balancing checks.
Wheel balancing ensures that the weight of the tire and wheel assembly is even so that when traveling at high speeds it doesn’t vibrate or have a wobbling effect. Even a small imbalance in weight can disturb the centrifugal forces involved and cause the wheel assembly to spin unevenly which then results in irregular wear on the tires.
A simple visit to Dr. Brakes state-of-the-art shop can give a precise appraisal on the condition of your wheels with a free appointment which can be booked by calling us at 954-883-9773.
When Should You Have Your Wheel Alignment and Balancing Checked?
When you purchase new rims or tires, they are never exactly the same weight all around and the wheel’s valve stem hole, as well as tire pressure sensors, will detract a small amount of weight from that area of the wheel. While tire balancing is carried out by the manufacturer to make sure there is no defect, this process will have to be carried out again once it is attached to the new wheel to ensure they are in harmony. You should always have your wheel balancing checked when:
- A tire is replaced or repaired
- New tires are purchased
- An existing balance weight has fallen off
- There is excessive vibration in the steering
- Changing any component of the suspension system
- Uneven wear is noticed on the tire
How Professional Wheel Balancing Is Carried Out
Early methods of checking the balance of a wheel were limited to a static check where it was placed vertically on a non-rotating spindle. An oil filled gauge similar to that of a spirit level would then indicate where gravity had the greatest pull on the heaviest part.
Today, however, dynamic balancing which spins the wheel up to 300 RPM gives an exact indication and allows the specialist carrying out the process to see exactly where any deviation is.
Before this can be done, however, all dirt should be removed from the inside of the rim and tire grooves, hubcaps taken off and inflated to the correct air pressure. Depending on the type of rim you have, either stick on or punch on weights will then be used to even the wheels balance which results in a nice smooth ride.