Wheel Balancing And Tyre Changing

01 February 2011
Les Potts

Wheel Balancing And Tyre ChangingWe have just installed the latest Hofmann Monty 3300 racing tyre changer and Geodyna 4500-2 wheel balancer into our new premises at 21 Sandmere Road, Leechmere Ind Est, Sunderland, SR2 9TP. This allows us to carry out tyre replacement and balancing up to 24 inch rims. The tyre changer has the easy mount pneumatic arm which allows us to fit ultra low profile tyres without the risk of damaging the alloy rims. There are certain areas of wheel balancing and tyre care that I feel the customer should be aware of.

Wheel Balancing

Wheel BalancingWheels that are out of balance generally produce a vibration that is uncomfortable to drive in and results in premature wear of steering components, suspension, rotating drive train and tyres.

Correctly balanced wheels will stop vibration and avoid premature wear caused by an imbalance in the rotating wheel and tyre assembly.
If you notice your steering wheel starts to wobble above a certain speed it is a sign that there is a possible imbalance in your wheel and tyre assembly.

As a result of wheel balancing, you should notice a smoother ride and better wear from your tyres.

Tyre Pressures

  • Tyres that are under inflated can overheat
  • Over inflated tyres can lead to poor road holding and handling characteristics.
  • Over or under inflated tyres suffer more damage than those with the correct pressure and need to be replaced more regularly.
  • Vehicles with under-inflated tyres have increased rolling resistance that requires more fuel to maintain the same speed.
  • Correct tyre pressures help to maintain optimum fuel efficiency. This can equate to lower Co2 emissions coming from your vehicle.

Tyre Damage

Cuts, lumps and bumps are often caused by a sudden impact between the tyre and a kerb, pothole or object in the road. If your tyre has any of these symptoms then you must have the tyre checked as quickly as possible by Les Potts 4 Wheel Drive, as this sort of damage can result in sudden tyre failure.

What is the UK Minimum Tyre Depth

Monty Tyre Changing MachineThe legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6 millimeters (mm), across the central three quarters of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre.

Many vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing at 3mm. At 1.6 mm in wet weather it takes an extra car length (8 meters) to stop at 50 mph than if your tread was 3 mm.

We recommend for road use that you maintain the branded OE Land Rover tyres as they are correctly rated and have undergone development with Land Rover to suit all the characteristics of your Land Rover product.