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Tire Balancing in Gonzales, LA
Tire Balancing in Gonzales, LA
Nobody likes driving a vehicle with a wheel that’s out of balance. All it takes is about 1/8 of an ounce of uneven weight distribution to set up a vibration, especially considering that a wheel is spinning at over 800 rpms when the car is doing 70 mph. It could be a barely-noticeable buzz or a vibration that threatens to shake your teeth loose, but more often than not, that vibration is coming from a poorly-balanced wheel and tire. If neglected for too long, the vibration from an out-of-balance or flat-spotted tire will begin to cause damage to bearings, suspension components and driveline parts.
A tire’s balance might shift due to a hard hit on a curb or pothole, or sometimes just due to normal wear as the tire’s surface area wears down and the weight distribution of the tire shifts slightly. There are a few ways to balance a wheel and tire:
· Many shops still use static balance stands, where the wheel is mounted loosely on a spindle and any imbalance in the tire will pull the wheel down, however slightly. The stand has a sight glass with a bubble in it, much like a carpenter’s level. When the imbalance is pinpointed, the technician can place a rim weight directly opposite where the imbalance is until the bubble in the sight glass is centered again.
· Dynamic balance is achieved by spinning the tire and wheel at high speeds, simulating 10-15 mph and 55-60 mph. Sensors can detect how far out of balance the wheel is and then help determine where rim weights should be placed to counterbalance.
· Road force balancing is similar to dynamic balance, except the wheel is pressed and rotating against a metal drum to simulate the weight of the vehicle as it heads down the road.
· Electronic wheel balancing, developed in the 40s, is perhaps the most accurate balancing method. With this method, the wheel spins while still on the vehicle and a flashing strobe indicates the best points for placement of wheel weights. This has the advantage of taking the whole assembly, including the brake rotor and hub, into account for proper balancing.
Wheel and tire balancing and tire rotations are complimentary with the purchase of a set of tires from Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Gonzales, LA. If you’re noticing a vibration that wasn’t there before, don’t just put up with it – make an appointment with us for tire balancing.