Wheel alignment balancing is an essential service that can help you promote the vehicle repair business and maximize profits.
What is wheel balancing?
Wheel balancing is the process of equalizing the weight of a combined tire and wheel assembly to allow it to spin smoothly at high speeds.The weight of the wheel and tire are never the same. The valve stem hole of the wheel usually subtracts a small amount of weight from one side of the wheel. Tires also have a slight imbalance, either from the joint or a slight deviation. This usually translates into vibrations that can be felt and heard within the vehicle and causes irregular tire damage and wear.
How does a wheel balancer work?
The wheel to be balanced enters the spindle of the wheel balancer through a central bore, and a metal cone is inserted to ensure that the wheel is perfectly centered. The wheel balancers rotate at a very high speed to determine the heaviest point on the tire. And then inform the operator of the position and weight to be placed on the opposite tire side to compensate.
What is the difference between wheel alignment and tire balance?
Car wheel alignment and balancing are both critical to smooth rides and longer tire life, but car wheel alignment and wheel balancing are very different.The four-wheel alignment involves adjusting the angles of the wheels themselves so that they are perfectly parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground, while wheel alignment tools and equipment determines where wheel weights should be applied to counterbalance heavy spots.
Will wheel balancing affect alignment?
Having your wheels balanced by an experienced, licensed mechanic will not affect the wheel alignment. However, the symptoms of an unaligned tire and an unbalanced tire are similar, so it is difficult for most drivers to determine what the problem might be.
What is the best wheel balancer?
The best wheel balancer for you or your auto store will depend on the type of vehicle you are servicing. If you only service cars, sedans, trucks, and SUVs, then you most likely do not need the largest unit available. If you service commercial car wheel balancing on a regular basis, then you will need one that can work around the clock and on some of the largest commercial truck tires on the market today.