Dynamic Imbalance

Dynamic Imbalance: Occurs when there is unequal weight on one or both sides of the tyre/wheel assembly's lateral centerline, thus creating a side-to-side wobble or wheel shimmy.

Static Imbalance

Static imbalance: Occurs when there is a heavy or light spot in the tyre so that the tyre won't roll evenly and the tyre and wheel undergoes an up-and-down motion.

If wheels are not balanced, the result could be uncomfortable driving, and premature Correctly balanced wheels help to eliminate vibration and avoid premature wear caused by an imbalance in the rotating wheel and tyre assembly.

Vibrations happen because of the structure of a wheel assembly. Two slightly imperfect units are joined to form one complete assembly, and there is usually uneven weight distribution - heavy spots cause the wheel to wobble from side to side.

This means that wheels need to be balanced using small weights that smooth out weight distribution and stop the vibration.

The first sign that your wheels may be out of balance is when your steering wheel starts to wobble above a certain speed. The light weight of modern cars means that they don't dampen down the vibrations caused by spinning wheels in the way that older, heavier vehicles could.

A driver may not always sense an imbalance at the steering wheel. It could be present with but dampened by the vehicle weight. This is why balancing is equally important for both front and rear wheels.

Wheels are balanced on a wheel balancing machine. The machine rotates the tyre and wheel assembly and automatically calculates the weight and location of the balance counter weight.

As a result of wheel balancing, you should notice a smoother ride and better wear from your tyres, again saving you time and money.

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  TyreQuote Ltd
  0800 019 3226
  TyreQuote Ltd
  24 Rectory Road,
  West Bridgford,
  Nottingham NG2 6GB

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