Q Is a normal balancer able to diagnose Road Force Variation or Lateral Pull?
A NO – A standard balancer can measure imbalance and this can be resolved by applying weights to the wheel. But a standard balancer does not have the capability to take the wheel assembly on a simulated road test.
Q If I go to a tyre shop and they say they can resolve Road Force Variation or Lateral Pull – how can I check they have a Road Force Balancer?
A Easy – just ask if you could see the balancer they propose to use. If it does not have the ‘Load Roller’ that lowers down onto the tyre, it will not be a Road Force Balancer.
Q Can a Road Force Balancer, balance wheels?
A Yes – It balances the wheels as part of the process. However, it is capable of just balancing wheels if that is all that is required.
Q. Do I need to have all four wheels checked?
A To ensure optimum handling and comfort it would be advisable to have all four checked together.
Q How often should I get my wheels checked?
A If you have a vibration or pull issue, do get them checked. Otherwise you can get them checked once a year or whenever you change the tyres on the vehicle.