What Is A Wheel Balancing?
Tire balancing is a tune-up for your wheel-tire set. It is the process of balancing the weight of a tire and wheel assembly so that it travels evenly at high speeds. When all areas of the wheel-tire unit are as equal in weight as possible, the tire will roll smoothly. This helps it wear evenly, for longest life.. Balancing also contributes to ride comfort it is important because wheels lose their balance over time. Factors concerning the weight distribution of your vehicle, road conditions and tread wear can cause unevenness in the tires, which can then lead to further uneven tread wear. As a result, the vehicle might shake or vibrate while in use. IT become unbalanced when one part of the tire becomes heavier than the other parts of the tire
What causes wheels to go out of balance?
Sometimes the tire can deflate so much that your tires become unbalanced. Another common reason for tire imbalance is the loss of a wheel weight. This can happen when you're driving at high speeds and hit either a speed bump, a sidewalk curb, a deep pothole, or any type of object on the road.
What happens if you don't balance tires?
Your tires will wear down prematurely when the wheel assembly isn't balanced . The common symptoms of out-of-balance tires are uneven and faster tread wear, poor fuel economy, and vibration in the steering wheel, the floorboard or the seat that gets worse at faster speeds.If a front tire isn't properly balanced you'll likely feel vibration in the steering wheel.
Signs of Unbalanced Tires
If your tires are out of balance, there are a few key ways to detect it. Some of the most common signs that your tires are out of balance include…
Vibrating throughout the vehicle – These vibrations can be felt at most speeds if you’re paying attention. But they’re most noticeable at highway speeds like 50 and higher mph.
Unusual tire wear patterns – Some instances of tire imbalance can cause scalloping or cup- shaped divots along either the inner or outer edge of your tires.
Strange noises coming from your vehicle – Tire imbalance can often cause humming, buzzing, and similar noises that become louder the faster you drive.
Decreased fuel economy – Sudden drops in your fuel economy can be indicative of unbalanced tires because your vehicle has to work harder to make up for your tires being unbalanced.