Tyre balancing: what should I know?
What does it mean?
- Sometimes when tyres are mounted the distribution of weight of the tyre+wheel assembly is not perfectly even all around the tyre.
- A wheel is out of balance when one area is heavier or lighter than the rest. The result is bouncing or wobbling, which can decrease tread life, increase vibration and cause stress on your vehicle.
- Tyre balancing compensates for the weight differences to make sure that the tyre weight is balanced. Tyre professionals will add weights where necessary to counterbalance the tyres.
When should I balance my tyres?
- When a tyre is replaced
- When a balance weight is moved or removed
- When you purchase new tyres
How are wheels balanced?
- To balance a wheel, your mechanic uses a balancing machine to determine where the heavy spots are.
- Weights are then attached to the exterior or interior of the wheel to counteract the centrifugal forces acting on the heavy areas when the wheel is turning.
If you ever feel bouncing, wobbling or vibrations, consult a tyre professional quickly.