Wheel weights FAQS:The balance weights producer answering your questions:
Here are some common questions and answers about wheel weights, which are important for balancing tire and wheel assemblies. Proper balance can fix vibration and wobbling problems, increase fuel economy, prolong tire life, and reduce vehicle stress.
For passenger cars, motorcycles and truck wheels, there are two types of wheel weights available: clip-on and adhesive. Below are some frequently asked questions about wheel weights.
When should I use clip-on or adhesive wheel weights?
All wheels can use an adhesive weight, but not all wheels can use a clip-on weight. If the customer is sensitive to the appearance of wheel weights on the outer surface, an adhesive tape weight is the only choice. For medium- and heavy-duty trucks, clip-in weights are the best option.
How does wheel material affect my choice of wheel weight?
The material and style of the wheel determine the type of wheel weight to use. Most steel wheels can use clip-on weights, which are preferred by customers who don’t care about aesthetics. Many modern alloy wheels don’t have provisions for clip-on weights on the inner surface, and few have them on the outer surface. Adhesive weights are increasingly the only option to balance modern alloy wheels.
What wheel weight trends do OEMs suggest?
Most modern truck wheels require adhesive wheel weights, and the market share of adhesive weights is increasing each year.
Which features in today’s wheel balancers allow for more accurate placement of wheel weights?
The most important features for accurate placement of wheel weights are the “stop and lock” feature, which prevents the wheel from rotating accidentally, and lasers, which provide a visual reference for technicians to place the weight in the right spot every time. These features are found on most Coats wheel balancers.
What types of wheels create the most challenges for wheel weight installation? How can you prevent wheel weights from falling off?
Wheels with weight planes very close together, such as motorcycles or custom wheels with high offset, can pose challenges for installing weights. It is recommended to separate planes by 3 inches.
To prevent wheel weights from falling off, clean the wheel surface where the weight will be placed with a solvent to remove dirt, grime, and brake dust, and apply a high-quality wheel weight with effective adhesive. Firmly placing the weight is best practice.
In summary, the proper balance of tire and wheel assemblies is crucial for vehicle performance, safety, and longevity. Choosing the right type of wheel weight and using the right installation techniques can help achieve efficient and effective balancing.