Wheel balancing helps to ensure that the weight of the wheel is even when it turns. Every time a new tyre is mounted onto an axle, the wheel should be rebalanced to ensure it continues to rotate evenly.
Wheels that are not balanced or are out of balance generally produce a vibration that is uncomfortable to the driver and results in premature wearing of tyres, suspension and steering components.
The first sign that your wheels may be out of balance is when your steering wheel starts to wobble above a certain speed causing considerable discomfort while holding the wheel. Drivers may not always sense an imbalance at the steering wheel which could be dampened by the vehicle weight. However, uneven tyre wear is another sign that your wheels may be incorrectly balanced.
Wheels can be balanced on a wheel balancing machine available at Belmont Tyres. The machine rotates the tyre and wheel assembly and automatically calculates even the smallest differences in weight across the wheel.
The balancing machine then highlights the exact position where a balance counter weight should be applied. Counter weights come in different sizes depending on the degree of the imbalance.
Wheel balancing can help to eliminate this vibration and you should notice a smoother ride. You will also experience more even tyre wear which will help to increase the life of your tyres, saving you money in the long run.
Wheel balancing is included with all tyre purchases at Belmont Tyres, including our mobile fitting service.
Car Wheel Alignment
Wheel alignment (sometimes called tracking) is an important piece of car maintenance that ensures your car’s wheels are giving their best performance in terms of handling, fuel economy, ride comfort and even tyre life.
Thanks to advances in the technology used to measure wheel alignment, a computerised alignment can have your wheels back to the precise positioning that they were when they left the factory, and our standard wheel alignment use lasers to ensure a good alignment for your car.
Why does my car need a wheel alignment?
A car’s wheels go out of alignment from everyday use, but knocks and bumps caused by potholes or ‘curbing’ your car can have an immediate effect on your car’s tracking.
Even though you might not immediately notice the effect to your car, even having wheels that are misaligned by a small amount can have an impact on your car’s fuel economy and tyre wear, however the further out of alignment your tracking is, the more noticeable the impact will be.
What is wheel alignment?
Wheel alignment dictates the angles at which your car makes contact with the road. For the best performance you ideally want to have as much of the surface area of the tyre to be in contact with the ground as possible.
How can you tell if your wheels are out of alignment?
Chances are that you won’t be able to see whether your wheels are misaligned just from looking at the steering and suspension components, but there are a few signs you can look out for if you suspect your tracking is off:
Pulling to one side
A common complaint of wheel misalignment is that the car might ‘pull to one side’ while driving, even when the steering wheel is level. This is often most noticeable while driving on a motorway or other long, straight roads.
Uneven tyre wear
Ideally, when a tyre is inflated to manufacturer’s specifications it should wear evenly over time, however misaligned wheel tracking can speed up wear over specific areas- most commonly on one of the tyre’s edges.
Supertracker Wheel Aligners are now an important part of any vehicle servicing set up. Our aligners bring to any company a major contribution to their profit line. This is why Supertracker has become so successful. The products are being used by every type of outlet from the major national tyre companies, franchised dealers, independent service garages, body repairs and tyre retailers. Supertracker manufactures a product to suit each market.