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Kewdale Tyres

625 Dundas Rd, Forrestfield, WA, 6058

High quality alignment machine and fully qualified staff ensure the most precise settings for optimum tyre wear.

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Pakenham Tyres

Unit 1, 6 Southeast Blvd, Pakenham, VIC, 3810

With start of the art equipment we can give your vehicle a Wheel Alignment and also Balance your wheels and Tyres.

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Big Moose Tyre and Track

394 South St, Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

A complete service is offered including puncture repairs, fitting and balancing, wheels and rims, wholesale, bulk buys.

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Tyrepower: Newcastle

Cnr Railway and Throsby Sts, Wickham, NSW, 2293

Alignment is one of the key maintenance factors in getting the most wear and performance from your tyres.

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Cutler's Tyrepower

631A Hogbin Dr, Toormina, NSW, 2452

Maintaining the tyre balance on your vehicle is critical to receiving satisfactory service from your tyre investment.

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J&F Motors

160 Church St, Richmond, VIC, 3121

J & F Motors is one of Melbourne's longest running car service centres. Our family-owned business has been in operation for more than 40 years.


User Guide To Wheel Alignment and Balancing

Wheel alignment and wheel balancing are jobs that require a professional. To be done on anything more than a trial and error basis, correcting alignment and balance problems require expensive, frequently calibrated equipment. But a little knowledge about the basics of alignment and balance will help you converse with qualified technicians about any issues your vehicle may have. Here are some things you need to know about wheel alignment and balancing.

Wheel alignment and Wheel Balancing are always intertwined by most people, but they are far different from each other. In a nutshell Wheel alignment on a car refers to the actual vertical and horizontal placement of the wheels in relation to the body and the axles of the vehicle. On the other hand, wheel balancing allows the tyres and wheels to spin without causing any vibrations. This is accomplished by checking for any heavy spots on the wheel-tyre combination and compensating for it by placing a measured lead weight on the opposite site of the wheel from where the heavy spot is.
The symptoms of a car that is out of alignment are:

  • Uneven or even rapid tyre wear
  • Your vehicle may start pulling or drifting away from a straight line
  • your vehcile may start to wandering on a straight level road
  • Spokes of the steering wheel off to one side while driving on a straight and level road.

The symptoms of a wheel that is out of balance are:

  • Vibration in the steering wheel at certain highway speeds.
  • Vibration in the seat or floorboard at certain highway speeds.
  • Scalloped or cupped wear pattern on the tyres

How wheels can become unaligned:

  • Hitting a curb or running over a pit.
  • Driving through rough roads, like gravel roads.
  • Driving mistakes, such as brushing a curb.

Benefits of proper alignment:

  • Your tyres will end up having have a longer life.
  • Proper wheel alignment results in safe, predictable vehicle control as well as a much more smooth and comfortable ride that's completely free of pulling and annoying vibration.
  • Your fuel economy increases as your rolling resistance decreases.

When to Balance tyres:
tyre balance should be treated as just as important as tyre rotation and vehicle alignment when it comes to regular car maintenance. The tyre information world website recommends checking your tyre balance each time you have your tyres rotated, which should be every 6,000 to 8,000 kilometres.
Unbalanced tyre Effects:

  • tyre balancing affects the wear of a vehicle's tyre. tyres that are not balanced properly can wear excessively or unevenly.

The Dangers and Pitfalls of unbalanced wheels:

  • Constant vibration caused by unbalanced tyres can affect the entyre vehicle, like the suspension system. The increase in tyre wear caused by unbalanced tyres can lead to a loss in traction and even a tyre blowout.

How balancing wheels work:

The technician first mounts each tyre on a wheel. Each wheel is then placed on a balancing machine that rotates each wheel to determine the heaviest part of the tyre. The technician or mechanoc then adds a lead weightto the wheel's outer surface on the opposite side of the heaviest part of the tyre. This process distributes the mass of the tyre evenly, meaning you have a better balanced tyre.

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Big Moose Tyre and Track

394 South St, Toowoomba, QLD
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12 Jan 2017

I've never gone to the effort to write a bad review about an Australian business, but there's a firs...
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J&F Motors

160 Church St, Richmond, VIC
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Visiting friends in Newcastle and needed a new set of tyres and some mechanical work done. Was sugge...
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Tyrepower: Newcastle

Cnr Railway and Throsby Sts, Wickham, NSW
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Was sightseeing around the coast area when I needed a new set of tyres. Cutler's Tyrepower was sugge...
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Cutler's Tyrepower

631A Hogbin Dr, Toormina, NSW
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