How do imbalances occur?
Tyre imbalances usually occur when the tyre tread wears down unevenly. This is mainly due to the individual driving behaviour. Severe braking manoeuvres, fast cornering etc. all contribute to the grooves and ribs on the tyre tread wearing down at different rates. The result: The wheel no longer turns evenly around the centre of rotation and an imbalance occurs.
In this case, it means: go to the garage that you trust! The imbalance must be compensated for by adding weights to the rim in order to literally balance the wheel and prevent the profile from wearing down any faster.
When should you balance your tyres?
Basically, you should have your wheels checked for any irregularities at least once every year. There is no fixed formula for when tyres should be balanced. However, it is absolutely necessary when new tyres are mounted on your rims. Balancing ensures that your wheels always run smoothly and flawlessly. Balancing is included as part of the service of fitting of new tyres in all garages. If you notice abnormalities in the handling of your car, such as noticeable steering wheel vibrations, then it's time to balance your tyres.
An imbalance in your tyres can be detected through the following signs:
- A vibrating or "fluttering" steering wheel
- Decreased driving ease at speeds between 80 and 120 km/h
- Tyre contact with the road surface lessens