Hunter Road Force Wheel Balancer
Road force wheel balancing is the best ways to sort out those unwanted vibrations through the steering wheel or the rear of the vehicle.
What is the difference between standard wheel balancing and roadforce?
A wheel is spun and the standard balancer identifies the imbalance in the wheel assembly. Weights are applied opposite the heavy area, so when spun the wheel rotates without imbalance.
Road Force Balancing
A wheel is spun and a standard balance measurement is taken but in addition to this the wheel is also taken on a simulated road test. This is where a load roller is lowered onto the wheel, putting the wheel under load to simulate actual road force. This additionally identifies:
1.Road Force Variation: if the wheel is out of round (Run out) or there is uneven tread/tyre wall stiffness. All of which are contributing to vibration over and above that caused by simple imbalance.
2.Lateral Force: the amount of conicity (the amount of Flex) in the tyre wall, which when excessive can cause the car to pull.
How is excessive Road Force Corrected?
By the technician rotating the tyre on the rim; so aligning the stiff spot in the tyre to the low spot in the rim. This is called ForceMatching™ and solves the vibration.
Occasionally tyres and rims with excessive Road Force cannot be matched and therefore must be replaced.
We have the only Hunter Road Force Wheel Balancer in Scotland and have customers travelling from all over the country to our department for this service.