Each and every time a brand new set of tyres are fitted to your car, they need to be balanced to the highest level of accuracy. Initially when combined together, wheels and tyres will be slightly out of balance with one-another. This can be caused by slightly more weight around one part of the wheel or tyre, which leads to those frustrating vibrations when you accelerate to higher speeds. One may have a slight imperfection or difference that adds a tiny amount of weight, making it out of balance. Something as simple as the tyre valve can add that small amount of weight, for example. When your tyres have been fitted to your wheels, the wheel/tyre assembly are put on a computerised balancing machine. This determines how much weight is needed and where it should be placed around the rim of the wheel, in order to counter the weight balance to very high accuracy.
Small weights are then added as required to adjust the imbalance to make your drive as smooth and pleasurable as possible. We use the most advanced technology with our wheel balancing. Our computer will not only tell us the wheel assembly imbalance but also the amount of runout on each wheel and will recommend the wheel position on the vehicle to have the lowest impact on your drive. Wheel balancing is usually done only when a tyre is fitted to a rim, however as your tyre wears the imbalances in the tyre can vary slightly, so if you start feeling an imbalance or a vibration when driving it is time for a balance. Regularly scheduling a balance, perhaps with your wheel rotation and/or wheel alignment, can alleviate the issue from your driving experience.