Dallas Wheel Balancing and Alignment
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Balancing in the Only Solution:
The Road Force® GSP9700 measures radial and lateral tire forces and provides instructions for solving ride and handling problems such as tire pull and wheel vibration that balancers and wheel aligners cannot fix.
Hunter’s Road Force® GSP9700 is endorsed and recommended by vehicle manufacturers such as BMW, Mini Cooper, Mercedes-Benz, and Lexus and proven by thousands of repair facilities worldwide as the industry standard in:
- Wheel Balancing
- Tire Road Force and Rim Eccentricity Measurement
- Tire Pull Lateral Force Measurement
[headline]What you need to know about Wheel Balance & Wheel Vibration Control[/headline]
At 60 miles per hour, an average size tire rotates 850 times per minute. At this speed, slight variations in balance, sidewall stiffness or roundness can cause the wheel to literally slam into the pavement 14 times a second. The ultra-sensitive road feel of today’s vehicles gives drivers a hands-on detection of vibration, a warning of potential problems. Unchecked, excessive wheel vibration can result in expensive damages and unsafe driving conditions such as:
- Excessive Tire Wear
- Damage to Suspension and Steering Components
- Unsafe Steering and Handling
[headline]What Causes Excessive Wheel Vibration?[/headline]
Wheels Out of Balance
Static wheel balancing uses a single weight plane and only addresses “up-and-down” imbalance. This is simply not adequate for today’s wheel vibration sensitive vehicles.
Dynamic wheel balancing uses two weight planes. This eliminates “up-and-down” and “side-to-side” imbalance. Dynamic, two plane wheel balance should always be requested, even on custom wheels when hidden weights are required.
Wheel Force Variation
A perfectly balanced tire can still vibrate due to Force Variation.
Wheel Force Variation is most frequently due to wheel runout or uneven tread or sidewall stiffness in the tire. Runout is when a tire or rim is out of round when rolling; frequent causes are a bent rim or uneven tire wear.
Uneven tread or sidewall stiffness can be found in new or worn tires. Tires by design are never uniformly flexible throughout nor are they perfectly round. And no two tires are exactly alike in these characteristics.
How Wheel Force Variation is Corrected
- Match mounting a tire and rim by matching the high point or stiff spot in the tire with the lowest spot in the rim, can make the wheel “round when rolling.”
- In some cases a wheel is so out of round it should be replaced.
- In some cases a tire with excessive Force Variation is defective.
Tire Pressure and Wheel Alignment
Improper tire pressure and/or misalignment causes irregular tire wear which creates and amplifies imbalance, resulting in wheel vibration. Alignment can be adjusted and wheels serviced to reduce or stop the vibration. Ask your technician.
Steering and Suspension Components
Steering and suspension components need periodic inspection. They can eventually wear out resulting in wheel vibration. Excessive wheel vibration from other causes can also shorten steering and suspension component life.
Other Hidden Causes of Wheel Vibration
- Wheel to axle mounting error
- Brake component wear or failure
- Drive train or engine component wear or failure
- Vehicle component characteristics
[headline]Do you think you have any of these problems?[/headline]
At JP Euro we have knowledgeable technician with the proper training and equipment that can diagnose these problems. But, the only way to rule out all wheel-related vibration is with the Hunter Engineering Road Force® GSP9700Vibration Control System. If you want that new car feel and wish to extended the suspension and tire life let us take a look at your wheels now.
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