Balanced wheels improve driving performance, ride & comfort, tyre life and economy, and can even improve your fuel economy! Without it, you can experience vibration, wobbling, poor steering and noise whilst driving. Plus – most significantly, your tyres will wear out well before they should. Fractions of a gram can cause the slightest imbalance, but seriously make a huge difference to your driving experience.
When new tyres are fitted, or a tyre is removed for repair. Basically any time a vehicle has its tyre removed and stripped from the rim, this is when we will rebalance them.
There are two types of imbalance in your tyres and wheels that you may experience.
Static imbalance affects the rolling of the tyre; usually this is caused from a heavier or lighter spot in the tyre, resulting in vertical vibration that feels like hopping or bouncing.
Dynamic imbalance is lateral vibration, or a side to side ‘wobble’ in your tyres and occurs when an unequal weight on one or both sides of the tyre and/or wheel.
Modern cars are made a lot lighter than their predecessors, which means you may feel these slight – sometimes less than a few grams – uneven distributions or changes in weights dramatically when you are driving, and it’s usually at faster speeds – around 80 – 100km per hour.
If you’re experiencing any sort of vibration or movement in your vehicle when driving, assessing the balance of your tyres and wheels is generally our first step in diagnosis. This is for a couple of reasons:
And what if it’s NOT the wheel balance that’s causing the issue? Other common issues could be a buckled rim, wheel alignment, steering components fatigued or worn, or something more sinister but never fear – our highly skilled and professional team will take the worry out of you with a full and proper diagnosis so you are informed and leave with your vibration problems rectified.
It is imperative to have your steer truck tyres balanced yes, because just like a passenger vehicle, imbalance steers negatively impact the tyre life and longevity, cause a terribly uncomfortable ride and more.
With trailers and caravans balancing your tyres is not so imperative because you’re not seating passengers within this vessel and won’t notice the vibration or movement of unbalanced tyres at all. But – your wish is our command and if you’d prefer it, we’ll do it!
It’s essential to keep your caravan in alignment though for the same reasons as a vehicle – so check out the FAQs on wheel alignments.
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