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What is wheel balancing?

Wheel balancing should not be confused with wheel alignment, which refers to the direction all of the wheels face in relationship to each other and to the centre line of the wheel.

Wheel balancing refers to the process of ensuring the weight distribution of each wheel is evenly balanced. On a wheel that is perfectly balanced, every point on the wheel the wheel weighs the same, which minimises vibration and “Wheel Wobble”. Unbalanced wheels can cause your tyres to wear before their time, as well as causing undue wear and tear on steering components.

If there is unequal distribution of weight it creates an unequal centrifugal force, manifesting in vibration which varies with the wheel’s rotational speed. If you have ever noticed a vibration through the steering wheel, or perhaps through the entire vehicle, that goes comes and goes at different speeds, you have probably experienced the effects of unbalanced wheels. Blackwood Dyno Tune & Service provide the following Wheel Balancing Services:

  • Wheel balance tests
  • Standard wheel balancing
  • Four wheel balancing
  • Tyre examinations
  • Rotating tyres

Wheels can be unbalanced in two planes; the rotational plane, which causes the wheel to bounce up and down, or the lateral plane, causing the wheel to move from side to side. Depending on the cause of the unequal weight distribution both conditions can usually be corrected by professional wheel balancing by your local Repco Authorised Service centre. Our mechanics will spin each of your wheels on a balancing machine that examines whether the wheel is within normal specifications. We remove the wheels from your vehicle to ensure an accurate measurement.

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