Unbalance, or imbalance of the wheel is a dangerous malfunction that causes a number of negative phenomena: deterioration of car’s controllability and stability, breaking of suspension and steering parts, deterioration of tires prematurely, decreasing of the level of comfort in the cabin (due to increased vibration and ratting of plastic panels). Let’s give a small example. At a speed of 100 km / h, the load on a 14-inch wheel with a 20-gram unbalance is comparable to strikes on a tire with a three-kilogram hammer 800 times per minute.
HOW TO AVOID THESE ISSUES?
It is very simple – the wheels need to be balanced both during replacement and repair, and periodically during exploitation (in winter – every 5 thousand km, in summer – every 10 thousand km). Almost all car owners are aware of this, but some of them have already had situations when balancing did not give a positive result. There are some definite reasons forit, one of them is a bad choice of garage.
Many believe that the wheels can be balanced at any pit stop. In fact, it is not the truth. Not all balancing equipment can cope with any design and size of the disc and wheel. There are several different types of machines, so while choosing the most appropriate garage you should necessarily keep it in your mind.
How much to balance tires depends on some things, such as the size or design of your car’s wheels and certainly garage you’ve chosen.