Wheel balancing ensures the smooth running and it will allow the tyres and the wheels to run without creating any vibrations. It will equalize the weight of all tyres so that it spins smoothly at high speed. If the vehicle was to be lifted up on a jack and the wheel rotated by hand, an unbalanced wheel would always stop at the same position with the heavier imbalance being obviously at the bottom of the wheel.
Wheels that are not balanced can cause the car to vibrate at certain speeds. The balance will slowly change over time. In reality all wheels and tyres will never exactly the same weight. Wheels that are not balanced can actually lift the tyre from road contact and can produce vibrations through the steering wheel, which in turn negatively affects the handling of vehicle which sometime maybe very dangerous.
Imbalanced wheel is easily balanced by using a computerized electronic wheel balance to measure the imbalance, and then a small metal weights are added to even things up. It is necessary that you balanced your wheels, whenever you replace a tyre or have a puncture repaired. With your tyres and wheels properly balanced, you can enjoy an overall smooth and save drive, better control, and long lasting tyres.
Uneven Tread Wear
If the tyres are wearing unevenly across the road surface, it usually means that something went wrong and needs to be corrected as soon as possible. As car tyres needs to be replaced before their specific life has been reached. The most common cause of avoidable tread wear are:
- Under-Inflating – Causes rapid wear along the edges of the tread.
- Over-Inflating – Causes rapid wear along the centre of the tread.
- Faulty Breaks – Can cause flat spots around the tread of the tyre.
- Inappropriate Wheel alignment – Alignment ensures that the all tyres are parallel to each other and flat to the surface, hence giving the tires their optimal wear profile. If tyre alignment is not done properly, it may cause your tyre to wear unevenly and prematurely.