Wheel balancing is among the top three services provided by tire shops. Most technicians know that balancing tires and wheel assemblies can help solve vibration and wobbling.
Proper wheel balancing improves drivability and vehicle performance while at the same time reducing tire wear and protecting the vehicle from excessive vibration. Over time, that seemingly small vibration (most detectible at speeds over 50 mph) can cause unnecessary stress and damage to vehicle components, causing the vehicle to age faster.
Even with today’s advancements in engineering and manufacturing, not every tire is perfect, making balancing necessary.
Both tires and rims are built to match their intended design dimensions symmetrically. While tire manufacturers make products that fall within certain reasonable tolerances, not every tire is perfectly balanced when manufactured.
Even the smallest variation in tolerances can result in a slight imbalance. Add that to any imbalance in rim design, and those slight imbalances can add up to significant concerns once the wheel assembly is mounted.
For quality tire service, fewer comebacks and fewer drivability complaints, the right equipment for wheel balancing is essential.