Wheel Balancing
Wheel Balancing Guide

Wheel Balancing

Wheel balancing is necessary when the driver feels the vehicle is vibrating, the steering wheel is shaky or the car does not feel right when driving at a higher speed. Thus, wheel balancing makes sure that the wheel travels (spins) evenly at high speeds. The process requires mounting a wheel and tyre assembly on a balancer, which centers and spins the wheel to help the fitter work out where the weights should go to even up the weight distribution.

wheel balancing

Every time a wheel is first mounted onto a vehicle with a new tyre, it has to be balanced. This is done to ensure the weight is evenly distributed throughout each of the wheels and tyres on a vehicle.

Generally, wheels and tyres are never exactly the same weight around their entyre circumference. The wheel's valve stem hole will usually subtract a small amount of weight from that side of the wheel. Tyres will also have slight weight imbalances, whether from a joining point of the cap plies or a slight deviation from being perfectly round.

Balancing tyres evens out heavy and light spots in a wheel so it rotates smoothly. Even a slight difference in the weight of a wheel can cause enough momentum to create a vibration in the car. At high speeds, even the tiniest imbalance in weight can become a large imbalance in outward force. This can make the wheel and tyre assembly spin in a heavy and uneven motion and cause uneven and damaging wear on your tyres.

Maintaining proper wheel balance is a critical part of maintaining the life of the tyre. Also, proper wheel balancing ensures your vehicle runs more smoothly and you have a vibration and noise free ride.