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Balancing Wheels - What is it and why should I do it?

Ever felt vibration through the steering wheel at certain speeds or reoccurring issues for your tyres, suspension and steering? These may be a sign that your wheels are unbalanced and you may need your wheels balancing.

In this blog we explore all you need to know about balancing wheels and why it might be something to discuss, next time you're in the Garage.

What does it mean to balance wheels?

Wheel balancing ensures that weight is distributed equally around your car's wheel and that the tyre rotates evenly. This involves adding small balancing weights to the rim which counter weight inconsistencies.

If you imagine a set of balancing scales, when you add a heavy weight to one side the scales will tip. If you then add a number of smaller, less heavy items to the other side, the scales will gradually begin to tilt the more you add until finally, when you have added enough smaller weights, the scales will once again level out. Add too many weights and the scales will tip the other way.

Wheel balancing works in the same way and if an imbalance towards one side of the wheel is identified, wheel weights are added to the opposite side to even out the distribution of weight.

When should I get my wheels balanced?

Uneven tyre wear and vibration in your steering wheel, floor, or seat can be signals that it's time for tire balancing. It could also be useful to have your wheels balanced during flat tyre repair or part of your servicing schedule.

If your car vibrates or shakes at certain speeds this is one of the largest indicators that there are issues with your wheels or tyres and you may need your wheels balancing. There are two main signals that can also indicate which set of wheels may need balancing: If your steering wheel vibrates, it is likely that your front wheels need balancing and if your seats vibrate then it is likely your rear wheels.

Wheels can become out of balance for a few reasons: uneven tyre wear or loss of weight due to curb or pothole impacts, alternatively if you leave your car parked for extended periods of time, your tyres might develop flat spots that can cause imbalances.

What are the benefits of balancing wheels?

The most significant benefit of balancing your wheels is that it prevents premature tire tread wear. Technicians agree that getting your tires balanced every 5,000 to 6,000 miles can help extend their lifespan and improve their performance.

As well as your wheels, your steering and suspension will be able to cope better with balanced wheels, extending the life of your vehicle overall.

What is the difference between balancing wheels and wheel alignment?

Balancing your wheels looks at the weight of the wheel and wheel alignment looks at the correct positioning of the wheel.

Wheel alignment corrects the angles of the tires so that they come into contact with the road in just the right way. Wheel alignment can ensure a smoother ride for you and a longer life for your tyres.

Wheel Balancing at The Garage, Eccleshall

Some of these symptoms are also indicative of worn suspension parts, so a quick check and wheel balance, will not only potentially sort ant vibration issues, but also identify further issues with your steering and suspension. The Garage, Eccleshall offers both Wheel Balancing and Wheel Alignment services to ensure smooth driving and even tyre wear.

Get in touch to book in your Wheel Balancing by calling 01785 851239 or filling out an enquiry on our contact page.



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