WHEEL BALANCE IS ONLY PART OF THE SOLUTION…and Axleboy Automotive has you covered with a Hunter GSP9700 Wheel Balancer.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHEEL BALANCE & WHEEL VIBRATION CONTROL
At 60 miles per hour, an average size tire rotates 850 times per minute. At this speed, even slight variations in balance, sidewall stiffness or roundness can cause the wheel assembly to slam down on the pavement approximately 14 times a second.
The ultra-sensitive road feel of today’s vehicles gives drivers a “hands-on” detection of vibration that should signal a warning of potential problems. When left unchecked, excessive wheel vibration can result in expensive damages and cause unsafe driving conditions such as:
- Excessive Tire Wear and Cupping of the Tread
- Damage to Suspension and Steering Components
- Unsafe Steering and Handling
- Increased Stopping Distances
What Causes Excessive Wheel Vibration?
Wheels Out of Balance
Static wheel balancing uses a single weight plane and only addresses “up-and-down” imbalance. This is simply not adequate for today’s wheel vibration sensitive vehicles.
Dynamic wheel balancing uses two weight planes. This eliminates “up-and-down” and “side-to-side” imbalance. We recommend that a Dynamic, two plane wheel balance should always be requested, even on custom wheels, when hidden weights are required.
Wheel Force Variation
How Wheel Force Variation is Corrected
- Match mounting a tire and rim by matching the high point or stiff spot in the tire with the lowest spot in the rim, can make the wheel “round when rolling.”
- In some cases a wheel is so out of round it should be replaced.
- In some cases a tire with excessive Force Variation is defective.
Tire Pressure and Wheel Alignment
Improper tire pressures and misalignment can cause irregular tire wear, which creates and amplifies imbalance, resulting in wheel vibration. The most effective way to reduce or eliminate these types of vibration are to 1) check tire pressure at least once a month 2) rotate your tires every 5,000-8,000 miles and 3) get your vehicle aligned at least annually. We recommend consulting your owner’s manual and consulting with a trusted automotive professional.
Other Hidden Causes of Wheel Vibration
- Wheel to axle mounting error
- Brake component wear or failure
- Drive train or engine component wear or failure
- Vehicle component characteristics
Our knowledgeable technicians have been properly trained to diagnose these problems and use state of the art equipment to provide long lasting, effective solutions for your vehicle. The experts at Axleboy use a Hunter GSP9700 Vibration Control System.
Check out the video below for more information about Road Force Balancing