Wheel Balancing and Alignment – Symptoms and Cure
Wheel Balancing and Wheel Alignment are two totally different things and as far removed from each other as Day and night, having said that they do compliment each other.
By: Billy Howe
Even weight distribution is absent from mass produced wheels. Consequently when it rotates it tends to ‘vibrate’ this can be the biggest killer in any machine, an inherent imbalance which will get worse and cause un-even tyre wear. A tire is out of balance when one section of the tire is heavier than the others and if left untreated will cause steering ‘wobble’ at various speeds and ware of shock absorbers, suspension and chassis components.
Popular misconception is that Wheel Balancing is required only for the front wheels, but if not done on front and rear wheels not only does the car user experience steering ‘wobble’ but can also kill wheel bearings prematurely.
To balance a wheel, the technician will mount it on a balancing machine which spins the wheel to locate the heavier part and attach a lead weight on the opposite side.
Symptoms of a car that is out of alignment are, uneven or rapid tyre wear and drifting away on a straight level road, also the spokes of the steering wheel are off to one side while driving on a level road.
It is wise to have the alignment checked regularly, as uneven wear on tyres can become too bad to save the tyre. The best type of wheel alignment is a four wheel alignment this will allow the technician to identify any rear tracking problems and make the appropriate adjustments to the front.
At Elite Direct for Wheel Balancing and Wheel Alignment the company uses all Haweka Wheel Balancer Adapters and Wheel Alignment adjusters, what does this mean to the car owner. Using these systems can achieve perfect balance every time by mounting the wheel on a wheel balancer in exactly the same way that it is mounted on the vehicle (a mirror image). This can guarantee a perfectly accurate result, first time every time.
As with Wheel Alignment Haweka Wheel Alignment Adjusters are used, all measurements are taken in the driving position, this range of products enables technicians to return the vehicle alignment readings back to within the manufactures specification.
A spokesman for Elite Direct said ”We can boast one of the best Wheel Balancing and Wheel Alignment centres in the UK, We have an excellent relationship with Haweka and with the specialty products range of Wheel Alignment Adjusters and Wheel Balancing Adaptors can save the motorist incurring expensive costs to replace suspension components”.
For further information visit: www.elitedirect.com
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