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Road Force Balance


Our state of the art wheel balancer not only helps diagnose excessive vibration and pulling issues, but also balances each wheel to perfection.

What causes wheel vibration and pulling issues?

1) Wheels out of balance

Static wheel balancing uses a single weight plane and only addresses “up-and-down” imbalance. This is simply not adequate due to today's vibration sensitive wheels.

Dynamic wheel balancing uses two weight planes. This eliminates “up-and-down” and “side-to-side” imbalance. Dynamic, two-plane wheel balance should always be requested, even on custom wheels when hidden weights are required.

Wheel out of Balance

2) Wheel Force Variation

Force variation is most frequently due to wheel runout, uneven tread, or sidewall stiffness in the tire. Runout is when a tire or rim is out of round when rolling; frequent causes are a bent rim or uneven tire wear.

Wheel force variation can be corrected by aligning the high point or stiff spot in the tire with the lowest spot in the rim. This will make the wheel “round when rolling.” This procedure is called Force Matching and solves most vibration problems. Tires and rims with extreme runout or road force variation often cannot be matched and must be replaced to solve vibration problems.

Wheel Force Variation
Wheel Force Variation

3) Tire pressure, wheel alignment, and worn out components

Improper tire pressure and/or misalignment causes irregular tire wear, creates and amplifies imbalance, resulting in wheel vibration. The wheel alignment can be adjusted to help resolve pulling issues. Steering and suspension components need periodic inspection. They can eventually wear out resulting in wheel vibration. Excessive wheel vibration from other causes can also shorten the lifespan of steering and suspension components.