While often forgotten about, wheel balancing is a valuable service that is necessary for the consistent performance and efficiency of your car. There are a number of things that can cause a car’s wheels to lose balance, with lost wheel weights caused by sudden impacts or damaged suspension components being among the most common reasons
Hillcroft recommends having your wheels checked or balanced every 10,000 miles or after suffering an impact from a kerb or pothole. We use the latest technology to ensure wheels are balanced as accurately as possible to the nearest gram.
We make sure every new tyre bought at Hillcroft is balanced properly before you leave.
What is wheel balancing?
It is important to keep your wheels correctly balanced as the incorrect balancing of your vehicle wheels will greatly reduce your fuel economy due to tyre rolling resistance. Not only will correctly balanced wheels save you considerably on your fuel economy, but also on your carbon emissions.
This is done by counter-balancing the weight bias of each wheel. This means that if one part of a wheel has additional weight on it, the same amount of weight is applied to the other side of the wheel to keep it evenly balanced.
Symptoms of imbalanced wheels
An imbalanced wheel can cause a number of changes to your car’s characteristics, most of which are easy to spot. These changes can include:
- Increased wear to suspension components & tyres
- Vibration through the steering wheel (most commonly at motorway speeds)
- Increased fuel consumption
- Reduced ride comfort
- Increased braking distance
- Changes to steering sensitivity