Does your car sometimes feel shaky or vibrate while driving? Well, the answer might lie in the balance of your tyres.
But, is tyre balancing just for smooth rides, or does it offer more? What are the real advantages of this seemingly basic process? We’ll delve into that, explaining why it’s more important than you realise.
Tyre balancing, also known as wheel balancing, is a procedure performed to ensure that the weight of a tyre and wheel assembly is evenly distributed around the axle.
In simpler terms, it’s all about achieving equilibrium.
When a tyre is properly balanced, it rotates evenly without causing vibrations or wobbling.
Balancing your tyres is crucial for several reasons.
First and foremost, it enhances safety on the road. Unbalanced tyres can lead to uneven tread wear, causing the vehicle to pull to one side, reducing traction and compromising handling.
Moreover, proper tyre balancing extends the lifespan of your tyres. Uneven wear patterns can significantly shorten their longevity, leading to premature replacement and increased expenses.
By ensuring even weight distribution, you’ll save money in the long run.
When you bring your car to a service centre for tyre balancing, the technician will use a special machine that will determine the imbalance between your tyres and wheels.
Next, the technician will attach small weights to the rim of the wheel opposite the heavier side. These weights counterbalance the weight discrepancy and ensure that the wheel and tyre spin evenly.
If you experience vibrations in the steering wheel or through the vehicle’s frame, especially at higher speeds, it’s a strong indication of imbalanced tyres.
Inspect your tyre treads regularly. Uneven wear, such as scalloped or cupped patterns, suggests a need for balancing.
If your vehicle tends to pull to one side while driving on a straight road, it might be due to tyre imbalance.
Balanced tyres provide a smoother, more comfortable driving experience, reducing vibrations and noise.
Balancing ensures even wear on your tyres, extending their lifespan and saving you money.
Properly balanced tyres contribute to better vehicle stability and control, enhancing safety on the road.
A balanced tyre reduces rolling resistance, leading to improved fuel economy.
By preventing uneven wear, you’ll spend less on tyre replacements and maintenance.
Regular tyre balancing should be a part of your vehicle maintenance routine to ensure the longevity of your tyres, fuel efficiency, and, most importantly, your safety.
If you've noticed any of the signs mentioned above or haven’t had your tyres balanced recently, it’s time to schedule a balancing appointment.
I'm Louis, an engineer passionate about helping Australians choose better tyres for their vehicles!