Even with heightened technology in tyres, certain areas have thicker materials while the others have thinner lighter materials and this leads to them being heavier at certain spots and the distribution is uneven. These normal imperfections in the build and everyday wear and tear of the tyres contribute to imbalance.
Tyre balancing is done so almost all areas of the wheel tyre are as equal in weight as it is possible to give your tyre a long life, make it roll smoothly and give you a comfortable ride.
Signs of imbalance
A tyre that is out of balance will wobble up and down which causes vibration in the steering wheel, the floorboard and the seats at higher speeds. A vibration in the steering wheel is felt when the front tyre isn’t properly balanced and on the other hand, when the rear tyre is unbalanced it causes tremor of the seat and floor.
Why is it important?
Poor performance of your tyres leads to the poor performance of your car not only reducing the driving experience but also making it less safe and uneconomical.
Your tyres start wearing off faster and this leads to various other issues reducing the life and longevity of your tyres and fuel consumption is also heightened due to this.
The small wheel weights that are fitted to your tyres also very often fall off with time because the efficiency of bonding cement reduces or even due to the harsh road conditions.
All of this leads to the early depreciation of steering and suspension, rotating parts and the tyres.
When should you balance tyres?
1.When the wheel weights previously fitted are moved or falls off.
2.When a tyre is repaired or replaced or rotated.
3.When a new set of tyres, rims or wheels is being purchased.
4.When a car is driven in harsh conditions, hits a large pothole or faces damage.
Wheel alignment and wheel balancing
A lot of time people confuse wheel alignment with tyre balancing. These are two very different things although both are significant for the performance of your car. When your tyres are mounted to the car the manner in which they sit is wheel alignment and it has an influence over your cars suspension system and the direction and angle of wheel movement.
How are your tyres balanced?
Your tyres and wheels are usually mounted on a tyre balancing machine during a service which measures any imbalance by spinning the wheel and tyre to detect issues.
There are essentially two types of balancing your tyres which are:
static balancing and dynamic balancing.
- Static balancing
Static balancing is a technique that is comparatively easier to perform and is used when there is a minor imbalance to the tyre. Static is a word that we use to describe an object that is stationary and in this case, the wheel is kept at rest and mounted on a spindle. If there was an imbalance and the heavier spot was to be placed on top then the tyre would roll down on its own. However, if the tyre was statically balanced the self-rotation would not occur.
Unlike old bubble balancer, modern computer balancers are able to determine the needed amount of weight and location of imbalance.
- Dynamic balancing
Dynamic means constant change and motion. In this method both lateral (side to side) force as well as axial or radial(up and down) force is measured and so it is called a two-plane balance. When your car moves back and forth it is subject to lateral forces and radial forces and these are both measured by the computer wheel balancer or an on the car spin balancer by splitting the tyre into two halves. According to this changes are made and appropriate weights are added. It is seen that a tyre that is dynamically balanced is also statically balanced.
This is a method followed in complex cases of imbalance as it measures in all three axes.
Bridgestone Tyres Bridgnorth help save fuel, preserve tire life, improve safety and comfort and remove stress from a vehicle. There is also another unconventional method that is not used quite often in the market called the road force variation balancing but this is becoming more popular with the increasing sensitivity of vehicles.
You should consider changing your tyre rim or wheel if you are in the need to add 100gms or more counterweights.
Due to the high quality of recent tyres imbalance can be detected only at high speeds and even because of low usage of the vehicle one might not really notice any problem with their tyres. However, if your tyres are out of balance unnoticed it still continues to cause damage.
Your tyre technician must inform you that a wheel balancing service is done as a part of the process of installation of Cheapest Tyres Bridgnorth and if he fails to mention it then ask about it. Tyre balancing is an included service in the installation procedure and it is vital that you make sure it is performed every time you get your tyres replaced or repaired.