How Wheel Balance Impacts Your Car’s Performance

08 Nov 2020

wheel balance testing

Increasing the performance of your car starts with looking at your tyres and how they perform. You can improve your tyre’s performance by adjusting your tyre pressure, getting the right tyre profile, and getting the correct tyre tread for the road surface.

But how do you manage the performance of your tyre through your car? One thing to always consider with your car tyres and how they perform is the wheel balance. An incorrect wheel balance can cause tyres not to performance at their peak and could end up costing you more in tyre wear and fuel.

Let us look at how your wheel balancing impacts your car’s performance. Find out how best to adjust your wheel balance and why you should have it done by professionals.

How Wheel Balance Impacts Tyre Wear

A correct wheel balance ensures the wheel rotates as it should. Sounds simple enough, you may think, to just put the tyre upright and lock it into place. Tyres and wheel balancing should, however, be adjusted according the type of car.

Heavier vehicles, namely SUVs and commercial vehicles, put a bigger load on the suspension and push the tyres into the road. One can imagine in a comical way that if you put enough weight on the suspension, the wheels would buckle outwards.

In some ways, this is true. The more weight placed on the vehicle, the more it will bear the load on the tyres and suspension. Wheels are balanced to compensate for the weight to ensure that the tyre sits perfectly on the road.

Why is Wheel Balancing Important?

If the tyres are out of line, the surface contact area of the tyre is reduced. This means that the tyre will not perform at its best. It can also lead to other issues such as tyre wear. Wear occurs due to the strain the tyre endures as it is forced to rotate out of the rotation pattern it was designed for.

This also leads to increased resistance from the tyre, which means the car will have to perform harder to force the wheels into motion. This means more power output from the engine is required and more fuel will be used.

Having the correct balance in your tyre is crucial for safety as well. Once your tyre is out of balance, it could start vibrating when you drive. In most cases when wheels are out of balance, drivers will report a sort of shudder noise and vibrations coming from the steering wheel.

If this is the case, the tyre wheel balance situation requires urgent attention as it could lead to a tyre failure. That’s the last thing anyone wants to experience, especially driving at higher speeds on highways or on racetracks.

Ensure your tyres are performing at their peak. Get them professionally inspected and balanced at a Bridgestone dealership near you. Our team of experts are ready to help you extract the maximum performance from your tyre’s potential.