Tyre balancing: What is it?

Have you ever been driving your car at high speeds and felt your steering wheel suddenly vibrate? Do you know why this happens? It is caused by your tyres being unbalanced. But what does this actually mean?

A tyre is balanced in a workshop.

Ideally, the weight of the tyre and the rim, together forming the wheel, should be evenly distributed around the axles. If this is not the case and the weight distribution is uneven, you then have what is known as an "imbalance". This becomes noticeable on the move because your car tyres do not roll "roundly". If the chassis is permanently subjected to uneven loading, it can become damaged.

You should have your tyres or wheels balanced regularly to make sure you always have a good driving feeling and to ensure your safety.

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