Wheel balance refers to the proper distribution of weight around a revolving tyre and wheel assembly. Poor wheel balance can have a marked impact on both your car and your safety.
Proper wheel balance ensures that the wheels, while spinning, do not have a heavy spot that can cause vibration and premature wear of tyres, struts, shocks and other steering and suspension components. When combined with proper wheel alignment, balanced wheels ensure smooth and enjoyable driving.
How will you know if you need balancing?
The most common signs of unbalanced tyres are:
- vibration and noise
- wheel bouncing rather than spinning smoothly
- loss in control and diminished handling
How often should you balance your wheels?
It’s a good idea to have your cars wheels balanced when rotating the tyres, about every 10,000kms.
Fitment & Rotation
Tyre rotation refers to the regular practice of switching the position of each tyre on the car.
Why is it important to rotate your tyres?
Tyre rotation helps to:
- equalize tread wear
- gain the maximum life from your tyre investment.
How often should you perform rotation?
Refer to your car’s owner’s manual for the recommended rotation interval and pattern, generally a rotation interval of 10,000kms is recommended. The rotation pattern varies with different makes and models, which shows the tyre locations during rotation. Some vehicles have different size tyres on the front and back or directional tyres. This limits the locations that a tyre may take on the vehicle. When in doubt, consult one of our professional technicians for assistance. Tyre rotation is usually done simultaneously with wheel balancing, another service offered at Goodhope Tyres. It’s another step you can take to maximize your tyre investment.
Generally all tyres lose air over time, due to heat, usage etc, but if you need to pump up your tyres more than once a month, then more than likely there is an issue.
How will you know?
If there is a puncture, this will more than likely be seen after the vehicle has been standing still for a while. Never drive your vehicle when the tyre is flat as there is a lack of control, and you can cause more damage to the wheel. Use your spare tyre, and bring the flat one to any GoodhopeTyres branch for assessment.
To repair or replace?
For a short term fix, we offer plugs, but highly recommend to rather replace the tyre as plugs are often unreliable. Should the puncture happen on the shoulder or sidewall of the tyre, it will not be advised to repair as this takes the most amount of pressure and can cause serious harm should this lead to a tyre burst.
For decades, the motorsport and aviation teams have been using nitrogen to fill their tyres, and now, the same great benefits are offered to passenger and light commercial vehicles.
What are the benefits of nitrogen?
Here are some of the key pros to using Nitrogen:
- Tyre pressure remains firmer over longer periods as nitrogen escapes slower
- Longevity in tyre pressure ensures better fuel economy.
- It keeps the tyres cooler than air allowing for longer usage and tread life.
- Nitrogen allows for better road handling and grip
Wheel alignment consists of a series of interrelated measurements and adjustments that bring a vehicle’s steering, suspension and on-road driving characteristics into manufacturers specifications.
Proper wheel alignment reduces tyre wear, improves fuel economy and handling, while increasing driving enjoyment and safety.
What signs should you look for?
Some common symptoms of your car needing an alignment include:
- uneven tyre tread wear
- pulling to one side
- an off-center steering wheel
What should you do?
Have your car’s alignment checked once a year. Normal wear and road conditions can take their toll on your cars steering and suspension system, possibly throwing the alignment settings out of specifications. For best results, have one of our qualified technicians perform a four-wheel alignment on your car. Traditionally, alignments have always been associated with only the front wheels, but no longer.