If you want the best performance from your vehicle, come to our shop to make sure your wheel balance is correct.
At Lindsay Tire Automotive & Accessories, we want to help you get the best possible performance from your vehicle. To accomplish this goal, one of the best things you can do is to have your car’s wheel’s professionally balanced. If you’re not sure exactly what we mean by wheel balance, you’re not alone, but you can read the rest of this article to find out more about what the process of balancing entails and how it will benefit your car.
To start off, the weight of your car’s wheels and tires is never completely the same all the way around the circumference. For instance, the wheel’s valve stem hole will subtract a small amount of weight from one side, and the tire will usually have slight variations in shape that affect its weight distribution. While these differences are usually too small to be noticeable by just feeling the wheel or tire, they can nevertheless have a significant impact on your car’s overall performance. As your wheels and tires rotate at higher and higher speeds, these small weight variations become big variations in the amount of centrifugal force generated as the wheel turns–if the imbalance in force becomes too great, it can cause the wheels to stop turning smoothly and instead develop what has been described as a kind of “galumphing” motion. Not only will this make for an uncomfortable ride, as it will cause the car to vibrate unpleasantly, it will also create irregular and damaging wear on your tires.
Fortunately, we at Lindsay Tire can help you avoid the scenario outlined above by correcting your wheel balance. To make sure that the weight of your wheels and tires is evenly distributed, we’ll place the wheel assembly on a balancer, a machine that centers the wheel and spins it to determine which spots are creating the imbalance. Once we’ve identified a heavy spot, we’ll place additional weights on the opposite side of the assembly to balance things out, using as many as we need to offset the weight on the other side. When this process is complete, your wheels will spin smoothly and evenly at any speed, allowing you to enjoy a more comfortable ride and avoid paying for replacement tires before the normal lifespan of your tire has ended.
Another thing that we at Lindsay Tire want you to know about wheel balance is that the weight distribution of your tires will change as they wear. This means that it will be necessary to rebalance your wheels at times, such as when you get your tires rotated or when you swap in your winter/summer tires for their second season. Getting your wheels rebalanced at these times might seem like a hassle, but it will help extend the life of your tires and save you money in the long run.
We at Lindsay Tire are proud to serve the Clemmons, North Carolina community, and we want to help you get the best performance from your vehicle. If you are interested in our wheel balancing services, just give us a call.