Tyre rotation

One simple technique that can help to extend tyre life is tyre rotation. As most of a normal car’s weight is balanced on the front tyres, these can develop more wear over time, resulting in potentially dangerous consequences for the way the car handles. Other factors, such as the speed of cornering, can also affect the wear patterns over time, resulting in tyres that are not evenly matched.

Regularly rotating tyres between different positions on the car helps to ensure that all the tyres maintain equal wear for all four tyres. Most manufacturers recommend that tyres be rotated about every 800km.

Wheel balancing allows the tires and wheels to spin without causing any vibrations. This is accomplished by checking for any heavy spots on the wheel-tire combination and compensating for it by placing a measured lead weight on the opposite site of the wheel from where the heavy spot is.

Wheel alignment consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. The purpose of these adjustments is maximum tire life and a vehicle that tracks straight and true when driving along a straight and level road.

Wheel Balancing 

Wheel balance refers to the even distribution of weight around a revolving tyre and wheel assembly. It ensures that the unit which comprises a wheel rim and a tyre is in balance. Both these units have high and low spots, or heavy and light areas. The first part of getting the complete unit of rim and tyre in balance is to match the heavy areas of one to the light areas of the other.

The next part is to add compensating weight to the complete unit’s light areas so that it rotates perfectly. Wheels are balanced with small counter weights to prevent them from having heavy spots that can cause vibration and premature wearing of tyres, struts, shocks and other steering and suspension components.

Wheels that are not balanced or are out of balance generally produce a vibration which is uncomfortable to drive in and negatively affects the handling of the vehicle. Additionally, unbalanced wheels place strain on the wheel bearings and suspension components and can damage the steering components. Unbalanced wheels can increase fuel consumption and can be dangerous. In short – contact Juleo’s Tyres to ensure that your wheels are correctly balanced.