Wheel Balancing: Why is it important to me?

The balance of your wheels is a very important component to a healthy automobile. The “balance” of a tire is simply how much pressure is put on the wheel from the mass of the car, which should be evenly distributed throughout the wheels. Each wheel should represent the same amount of pressure when measured, which means that your car is “perfectly balanced”. When the wheel rotates on it’s axis while you’re driving, it has a chance to hop over jumps and other things like that. This could mean that your car is imbalanced, and considering the GTA area has tons of crazy weather throughout the seasons; you want to be as prepared as possible! Snow and wheels that aren’t properly balanced don’t exactly go hand in hand with one another.

Automobile shops test the balance of your tires one of either two ways, which is static balancing and dynamic balancing. Static balance can be achieved by the use of a “static balancing” machine; which consists of a wheel placed vertically on a non-spinning spindle tool. This tool then applies pressure to the tire from the top, which measures the deflection and gives you an idea of how imbalanced the tire is. Dynamic balance consists of generally the same thing, the machine is quite similar; but dynamic balancing has the tire spinning when the tests are applied for maximum results. There are many cars that have sensors to let you know of these problems, but sometimes the only way to properly balance your car (most of the time dynamically) is to bring it into a shop. The balance of your tires has a drastic effect of how your car can and will perform, so be sure to sort out any irregularities as quickly as possible.

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