All Wheel Balancing Stuff

All Wheel Balancing Stuff

“A wheel alignment is also a good preventative maintenance service .Significantly, even though it is not directly related to the tyres. So A wheel alignment benefits the complex suspension and steering components. Of course,making sure that they remain set up correctly. Allowing the tyres to run straight and perfectly level on the ground. Frequently, this service should be preformed when new tyres are installed on the vehicle. Including when summer tires are replaced by snow or winter tyres”…by Waterloo Region shop talk.

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Wheel Balancing is Important for that perfect ride?

 

Wheel balancing is important because it keeps your tyres, bearings and suspension system in order.

Wheel Balancing

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This is a short but to the point article about the importance of having your wheels balanced.So, it is something that we in the tyre trade keep harping on about, but never the less is important. Most of us have witnessed their wheels out of balance, and had Wheel Balancing Problems . Mainly, when the steering wheel starts to shake driving down the motorway (freeway).

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Wheel Balancing  will give you a better ride

Wheel balancing is one of the things in motoring terms that we take for granted. When I first started working in the tyre industry, we had a small piece of equipment. That we would use to balance the wheels, whenever we fitted a new tyre.

This was known as a bubble-balancer, and that is exactly what it was. You would sit a wheel on top of the balancer and a bubble. Similar to the ones in a spirit level. This would tell you when the wheel was out of balance by the tilt on the wheel and we had to counteract this at the opposite side by adding lead weights.

When the wheel was level and the bubble was dead central then the job was done and the wheel was fitted onto the car. The cars in those days were things like Ford Poplars and Morris 1000’s and so did not travel very far or go very fast.

Sit on Wheel Balancer was our first electric balancer.

There are different types of out of balance, “static balance”; vertical shaking that can come from a heavy spot on the tyre. This is what we would try to cure on our bubble balancer. This could also be cured on the next machine that came into use.

The machine was a sit on machine known as a On Car Wheel Balancing machine made by “Repco” and we would jack up the car put machine against the car wheel and we would then spin the electrically driven machine up to high speed. While the wheel was spinning a strobe light would make look like the wheel was in a still position we would then stop the machine with a type of brake and put a counter balance weight on the wheel depending where the tyres valve could be seen.

This method of wheel balancing was horrific.

The older guys in the industry. Will remember the fact that the wheels would shake violently. Then the vibrations would shake the cars to bits. Of course, whilst the poor customer looked on with terror in his eyes. This reminds of the “roller brake tester” used on the modern MOT test. When the car gets shaken to bits, having a brake test.

This method of balancing was not for the faint hearted and I was glad to see the back of them.

The next set of wheel balancers were the fore runners to today’s sophisticated machines. We would put the wheel on a spindle and spin it by hand. These balancers would correct “static”

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Aaron with our up to date modern wheel balancer

and “dynamic” out of balancing. The modern wheel balancer is equipped with many sensors and can pick up balancing problems at high and low speeds. These are necessary for today’s high speed cars and of course give the car drivers a smooth ride, (that’s if your wheels are balanced of  course).

On a regular basis in my opinion is at least once a month. Most members of one of the independent tyre organisations ,such as Point-S will check your wheel alignment and wheel balancing for free and will only charge you if the car is out of alignment and requires adjusting.

Wheel Balancing is part of having a new tyre fitted

Of course, today we balance your wheels as a matter of fact when you buy new tyres or have a puncture repaired. So, if you need a wheel balance just as a matter of fact and your steering wheel starts to shake at say 50 mph, then this is because you may have lost a balance weight or your tyre has become out of shape, due to perhaps a “slipped belt”, which can be caused by nail or screw damaging the steel belt in your tyre, putting the tyre out of shape and causing the wheel to be out of balance.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Eric Roberts

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Wheel Balancing Problems-Wheel vibrations can damage your car.

Wheel Balancing Problems

Wheel Balancing Problems

Wheel Balancing Problems

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? You can tell if yo… (Wheel Balancing Problems feel vibrations under your seat or steering wheel?

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Wheel Balancing Problems

So, this video shows exactly how we balance a wheel. Some wheel balances  are much more sophisticated than others. However, they are all built on the same principals. Hence to achieve the same end result a good smooth ride ! Wheel balancing is carried out on every single tyre that we fit at Pellon tyres. Including any strip and fits or puncture repairs. Although this video is from the USA. Of course the equipment is international. So we do the same thing using the same type of wheel balancing machines.

Wheel Balancing Problems

Wheel Balancing Problems will shake your Blueberry Toyota Steering Wheel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wheel Balancing Problems are more noticeable when you are driving on the motorway (freeway). Significantly, it can be detected by a strange vibrating feeling. Of course, coming through the vehicles steering wheel. Especially at a certain speed. Usually, say between 50 and 60 mph. You can often drive through the vibrating feeling. Unpleasant, but generally it will not go away, and is most annoying.

Sometimes Wheel Balancing Problems can make you feel the vibrations coming from the cars seat

So, this usually the rear wheels which are out of balance. Other Wheel Balancing  problems with your vehicle can cause a shaking through the steering wheel. Generally though it will be the wheel balancing that causes the vibrations and other balancing problems. Commonly, the main  cause is a lost balance weight. Say, after your wheel has caught the kerb (sidewalk edge) . Logically, the weight may have come off and  this is the most common cause.

Another cause of out of balance wheels can be a buckled alloy wheel. Significantly, caused by the pot-hole problem that we are all having to endure. So, to combat this we have invested in a special machine. Of course to straighten bent alloy wheels back to their original shape. I will keep our customers informed in future blogs.

Thanks Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk. So by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Trading Standards, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Eric Roberts

Wheel Alignment Check-Enjoy The Perfect Ride with Wheel Alignment & Balancing

Wheel Alignment Check

Wheel Alignment Check

Modern Wheel Alignment Check equipment used at Pellon Tyres Halifax UK

Pellon Tyres new Hofmann 4 wheel Alignment machine ask for a free  Wheel Alignment Check

 

Overall, you should always be mindful of your wheel alignment. The cost of wheel alignment is cheap if you consider the benefits it will give you.

Front end alignment does not take more than twenty minutes to accomplish with a computerized wheel alignment service. as a result here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK we are upgrading our machine.Hence to a new Hofmann 4 wheel alignment machine. Hence, with a customers print out.

Whichever the case, having a misaligned front wheel is very dangerous. Thus, for many reasons. One-Is that you lose control of the steering wheel, and second is that it could lead to more serious problems with the under chassis of your car.

When you are due for a front end alignment when you steering wheel veers to the left of right when you are moving on the road, you will know. This should not happen. It is very difficult to drive a car which is misaligned. Because, you always have to keep a tight control on the steering wheel. Making sure you do not cause any accidents on the road due to the lack of vehicle control.

Aside from tyres being worn out faster. Of course, you are also wasting fuel . Because, the engine of your car exerts more energy and so works harder just to enable your car to run straight. Consequently, when you have misaligned wheels. Of course, you are also using up a lot of your automatic steering and hydraulic fluid. Everything has to work harder. Including the driver of the car.

Wheel Alignment Check could save you money?

Of course, you are also running a great risk by driving your car with misaligned tyres. Front end alignment does not take more than twenty minutes to accomplish. Hence, with a Hofmann computerised wheel alignment service. Because, it is more accurate. Measuring the precise alignment of all four wheels. Subsequently, this is much better than our old manual wheel alignment gauges.

The front end alignment cost is cheap, costing £29.90 for both wheels. Depending on whether or not your steering parts are seized up or not?. On top of the alignment cost. You can also include wheel balancing service. For an additional fee of around £10 a wheel. Naturally, it is important to have the wheels of your car aligned.

Because, if you continue running your car with misaligned wheels. Then your tyres will wear prematurely. Also the tyres   will be worn out faster than the normal rate. The moment you notice a slight veering of the steering wheel either to the left or to the right. So you know your car needs front wheel alignment immediately.

Wheel Alignment Check

Thanks Eric Roberts.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee. Of course, for all our work and parts. Also selling  tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk. Using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us. naturally, for work doing. Official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes. Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

 

Peugeot 206 Bushes- “Looked like the Back Wheels were falling Off”

Peugeot Rear wheels rattling about due to Peugeot 206 Bushes

Peugeot 206 Bushes

Peugeot 206 axle refitted with new Peugeot 206 Bushes

One of the many phone calls that we receive was from a lady in distress in a local town called Batley here in West Yorkshire UK.

She said that another motorist had pulled her up, because her rear wheels looked to be coming off. She called us for assistance and we recovered the car to our Halifax Garage.

The red coloured Peugeot 206 duly turned up and we hoisted the car onto one of our two poster ramps. We soon discovered that the 2007 Peugeot 206 Problems had a common problem for this car, the Peugeot 206 Bushes had collapsed.

Peugeot 206 Bushes

Peugeot 206 Bushes rear axle removed

What we do is to keep a whole axle unit in stock from another Peugeot 206 and we recondition the axle fitting new Peugeot 206 Bushes and any other part that needs replacing, we find that this is the easiest way to complete this job, to change the whole unit. We then rebuild the broken axle in a quite moment ready for the next one that comes in.

If you live in the UK you can sometimes see the rear wheels on the Peugeot 206s

Splaying out from top to bottom. This is the first sign of the bushes going, or it is often picked up on the cars annual MOT test, by failing the rear axle bushes.

For more information about the Peugeot 206http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peugeot_206

To conclude we fitted the reconditioned rear axle including the new Peugeot 206 Bushes and the car went away as good as new.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Wheel balancing Facts-Car Drivers are still not sure What WHEEL BALANCING IS ?

Wheel balancing Facts

Wheel balancing Facts; in the beginning?

Wheel balancing Facts When I first started working in the tyre trade. Then, wheel balancing was not as important . Especially, on the old x ply tyres on slowly driven cars. Hence, as it is on today’s fast cars driving on the fast highways. For this reason, we used to spend hours trying to balance Jaguar wheels. Thus, on old “spirit level” wheel balancers. In times gone by the Jaguar was about the fastest British car out . Consequently, Jaguars came out on Dunlop tyres . This was a textile radial the size was Er70Vr x15.

The problem was that Dunlop could not get the tyre to balance correctly. Therefore, all the tyres had to go back to Dunlop to be skimmed on a special machine. Thus, to make the tyres circumference what you may call “round”. As I have said, a special machine had to be made to perform this. For this reason, all Jaguar wheels were done in this way.
Nowadays we used very sophisticated machinery. Exclusively, to perform the wheel balancing. Moreover, these machines are computerised and very accurate. Pinpointing the exact place where the weight should be attached.

It is now very rare that a wheel would need re-balancing. Even more, once the new tyre was fitted and the wheel balancing was done. For this reason, we have all experienced the  vibration of their wheels. Especially, wheels that say, looses a weight. Balancing,  also causes problems with your suspension and steering parts. Apart from annoying the driver. Therefore, it is important that you get the wheels balanced again. Preferably, as soon as possible.

Wheel balancing “wobble” is very distinctive

The vibration or wobble caused by an out of balance wheel is easy to identify. Your car will drive normally until a certain speed is reached , balancing Facts say 50 mph and start to vibrate through your hands on the steering wheel, the car will normally drive through this to say 60 mph and then feel perfectly normal, this is your wheels that are out of balance.

Sometimes the facts state that vibration comes through your seat, this is usually your rear wheels that are out of balance, most other things that can vibrate on your car such as faulty brakes, will be a more violent vibration and will start at low speeds and be very noisy , if this happens stop your car a seek some advice from a skilled engineer or your nearest Auto-centre.
To summarise  balancing Facts can cause your tyres to wear prematurely and also feels uncomfortable when driving any good Tyre centre will correct the problem in half an hour and have you on your way in no time.
Please watch this great video from you-tube…

This post was written by Eric Robertswww.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

 

Wheel balancing Wobble-Check this out-Does your car shake out of your hands at 50MPH?

Wheel balancing Wobble

Wheel balancing Wobble

 

Wheel balancing Wobble

Vibrations (wobbles), are something that has been experienced by most vehicle drivers. As a result, it is something that we can all do without. A drivers life would be paradise without this sort of annoyance cropping up in one’s life. Indeed in my opinion then wheel balancing wobble, is one of the most irritating thing. Hence, that a car driver has to put up with.

Second place, probably goes to wheel alignment, or should we say mis-wheel alignment? many drivers, do not notice wheel alignment as a physical problem. Of course, that is until the vehicle starts to pull to the left or the right. Consequently, the steering wheel has to be constantly corrected to keep the car in a straight line. Most annoying?

By all means some drivers, will never experience either of these problems. Maybe, they will have the problem once a lifetime. Or perhaps not ?

What are the reasons for  Wheel balancing Wobble

Accordingly, this is a complicated explanation. Therefore, wheel balancing should be just better taken for granted as something that we will get and have to have corrected at the nearest auto centre. Whenever, we have some new tyres fitted. Usually at the point of sale. Then we have them balanced up on an electric balancing machine. Sometimes, the mechanic will let you watch him mount your tyres onto the wheels and then finish the job off on the wheel balancing machine.

The machine is usually adjacent to the tyre fitting machines. As a result, most tyre companies have a similar layout in the workshops. balancing machines these days are very accurate. For instance, they are mostly computerised and also very accurate. Moreover the balancing machine will show the operator the exact position to place the lead alloy balance weights onto the wheel rim. A good modern machine can also show the position that the weights should be fitted. So they are all on the inside of the wheel. This practise will help to keep the good looks of certain wheels on expensive cars. Hence not spoiling the wheels appearance.

Once balanced the wheels are re-fitted onto the vehicle and is then ready to go. These weights will counteract the effect of unbalance on the wheel and tyre unit.

Will  wheel balancing wobble come back again?

The answer to this is sometimes? It is possible that a balance weight may be thrown off the wheel and balancing process has to be repeated. Furthermore, your auto centre should do this free of charge. later, when the car has done a few thousand miles.Then, other causes may affect your wheel to go out of balance. This time it will more than likely be a tyre orientated problem. What is known as a “slipped belt” in the tyres construction is the likely cause. if this is the cause then the tyre is usually deemed as faulty and should be replaced with a new tyre.

Eric Roberts