So your career is going well, finances are looking healthy, your family life has never been better; most people would say you have balance in your life. However can the same be said about your vehicles wheels and tires? Not sure? The easiest way to tell if your tires are out of balance is by vibrations caused at higher speeds.
Tires and wheels are not light weight. When a tire is placed on a wheel, it doesn’t start off balanced. A special machine spins the tire to see where it’s too heavy and thus unbalanced. Weights are then placed on the wheels in certain places to balance it out. If a tire is not balanced, it doesn’t roll on the road surface smoothly but rather slams into it and therefore bounces down the road. Since at 60 miles per hours, tires rotate around 850 times per minute on average, it is actually slamming into the road 14 times a second. That’s where the vibration comes from. If one of the front tires is out of balance, the vibration will be felt in the steering wheel. If it’s a back tire, the vibration will come from the seat.
Better quality tires usually retain their balance well. They go out of balance slowly over time with usual wear and tear. If a vibration occurs suddenly, it is often a sign that one or more of the wheel balancing weights has been lost.
If you feel a vibration, change the rims on your wheels or have a flat tire repaired, you should get a tire balance done. By not doing a balance job early can result in excessive tire wear, and wear to your suspension components.
Tire or wheel balancing greatly improves your vehicles ride and handling, results in better gas mileage and can save you from some nasty repair costs or even worse an accident.
You should always consult your vehicles manual for the balancing requirements, or ask a certified technician. RC Auto Specialists performs complete