How Do Our Wheel Balancers Work?
By using the wheel balancing technique, the weight of the wheel and tire assembly will be balanced while rotating at high speeds. As the wheel and tire are placed on the wheel balancer, it will be rotated at high speed. In this process, the locations where the loads should be distributed will be identified.
The requirement of a wheel balance
As per the manufacturer’s instructions, wheel balancing is required for every seven thousand miles. Generally, the wheel balancing will be done when you go for an engine oil change. All the four wheels will go through the balancing act so that the life of the tire will increase, and the passengers of the vehicle will enjoy a comfortable ride.
When should you go for rebalancing?
As soon as new tired are fitted on the store's wheels, the tires should be measured for their balance. By applying corrective weights, the unbalance on the tire will be rectified. If the driver experiences any vibration, the rebalancing can be initiated from the local tire store. It would be best if you understood the fact that tire balancing is different from the wheel alignment.
Drawbacks of the uneven balance
If the wheels are out of balance, you can find that the tires become uneven. The treadwear will be quick. The fuel economy will be reduced drastically. There may be vibration on the steering wheel. If you are riding on a faster road, you can experience bumping on the floor and the seat. On the other hand, passengers will experience a smooth ride when all the wheels are carrying equal weight.
Different types of balancing
The most common types of tire balancing are static and dynamic. The wheel will be at rest during the static balancing. If you mount a wheel with a static balance on a spindle and place a heavy spot will move to the lowest point on its own. The wheel, which maintains the static balance, will not rotate itself. Static balancing is also called as the single plane balancing. To balance the wheel, the static weight will be added on the opposite of the weight. With the modern wheel balancers' help, you can find the weight imbalance location and the weight added exactly.
If there is more weight on the tread or the tire's inside, it indicates a dynamic imbalance. You can observe the dynamic imbalance while spinning the tire and wheel. There will be faster wear on the tire if you fail to arrest the dynamic balancing. In most of the cases, the tires will have imbalances on both sides. Hence, counterweights should be added on both sides.
Computer wheel balancers
You can use computer wheel balancers very easily. They can detect wheel balance defects very quickly. By using a highly sophisticated computer wheel balancer, you will be able to balance the wheel and tire in both static and dynamic modes. As soon as you install a new tire or go for tire repair, computerized wheel balancing will be done.
After checking the wheel and tire balance, the wheels are mounted on the vehicle either in a hub-centric or lug-centric way. If the lug nuts are used to center the wheel, a lug-centric way will be implemented. If the wheel's center can locate the wheel hub or axle, hub-centric mounting will be adopted.