Wheel Balancing

If you’ve ever driven your car and noticed that you get a lot of vibration at certain speeds then the chances are your wheels could need balancing! Very often the car will be fine under the trigger speed and you can often “drive through it” by increasing your speed.

This vibration occurs because one section of the tyre has become heavier than the others. A small imbalance on a front tyre is enough to cause a noticeable vibration in the steering wheel, usually occurring between 50 -70 mph. To balance a wheel, we mount it on a balancing machine which spins the wheel to locate the heavier part. We then compensate for the heavy part by attaching a lead weight on the opposite side. Many people are pleasantly surprised at how smooth their car drives after balancing all four wheels.

Quality tyres tend to hold their balance fairly well and only go out of balance very gradually. If you notice a vibration that wasn’t there the day before, it is possible that one of the balancing weights has fallen off. If you feel the vibration mostly in the steering wheel, the problem is most likely in a front wheel. If the vibration is mostly in the seat, the problem is probably in the rear.

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Any undue vibration from your car should always be checked out as soon as possible. Taking action sooner than later can often prevent a simple problem from becoming a very expensive problem!

Tracking, or wheel alignment, is different to wheel balancing. In a nutshell, wheel alignment consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels themselves so that they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. The purpose of these adjustments is to maximise tyre life, and ensure that the car tracks straight and true when driving along a level road.

Signs that your car made need its tracking adjusted:

  • Uneven or rapid tyre wear
  • Pulling or drifting away from a straight line
  • Car wanders on a straight and level road
  • Spokes of the steering wheel off to one side while driving on a straight and level road.

If you feel that either your wheel balance or tracking is out please contact us for a quick and simple assessment by completing the contact form on the right.

Servicing

Neglecting your car servicing schedule is definitely a false economy. The current economic climate has meant many people have had to tighten their belts, but if we skimp on car servicing we could end up paying a lot more for expensive repair work in the future.

Car servicing should be placed as a necessary expense in our household budgets and, as far as is possible, the vehicle’s service schedule should be followed on time.

When you bring your car to Tower Garage for servicing you can be sure it will be well looked after:

  • The engine oil will be changed and the air filter is either cleaned or replaced depending on the car and its requirement.
  • The headlamps, indicator lights, taillights are checked.
  • The brake fluid levels are checked, and in case of power steering the power steering fluid is checked.
  • The emissions are checked and the car,will be tuned to minimise emissions.
  • We also look at the car’s service history and may change parts that are required to be changed after a certain mileage.
  • We will check the suspension and shock absorbers and the brake system.
  • The windshield wipers and fluid in the windshield wiper bottle is topped up.

Our service will not break the bank either, and we will always discuss any big expenses with you before carrying any remedial work out. To enquire about our standard cost for your car please complete the form on the right and we will contact you with our price.