HIGH QUALITY WHEEL BALANCING
& NO TOUCH DIAGNOSTICS
ACHIEVING OPTIMAL WHEEL BALANCE
Wheel balancers are a necessity for any tire or repair shop. Today’s modern vehicles are engineering marvels that push the performance and efficiency limits to the max.
An integral part of achieving high-performance and maximum fuel economy is a properly balanced set of wheels and tires that offer a secure grip in all weather conditions and perform well at a variety of speeds.
As a wheel rotates, its weight must be precisely and evenly distributed because even the tiniest of variances in wheel weight distribution can lead to harmful vibrations and uneven tire wear.
Professional wheel balancers from John Bean® help identify areas on a wheel that are out of weight balance and allow technicians to quickly correct issues.
Long Term Customer Satisfaction
Having a wheel balancer in your shop rotation is crucial to sustaining the long-term satisfaction of your customers. Unbalanced wheels will also wear unevenly, leading to early replacement and driveability issues. Once your customers spend their hard-earned money on a set of tires, you’ll want to do everything you can to ensure a smooth, drama-free driving experience once they roll out of your shop. When a wheel is out of balance, it will vibrate which can cause an uncomfortable experience for both drivers and passengers. Wheel balancers help to extend tire life and are an integral part of ensuring customer satisfaction, repeat business, and referrals.
Dynamic and Static Wheel Balancers
There are two types of wheel balancer machines on the market today; dynamic and static. The difference between these two machines comes down to wheel motion. On static machines, the wheel is balanced without moving or spinning. Dynamic wheel balancer machines, like those offered by the professionals at John Bean, simulate the motion of a wheel as it is spinning on your vehicle. Balancing a wheel in motion allows for a higher degree of accuracy than a static measurement and ensures that your customers will receive a positive driving experience. Modern machines also make this process remarkably quick and easy for tire technicians.
Accurate Weight Correction
Runout - A Costly Problem
Speed = Productivity = Revenue
At John Bean, we know that time equals money and that’s exactly why we’ve created a series of wheel balancers with features that are designed to get the job done quickly, and with a high degree of accuracy:
- Touchscreen and/or full color user interface
- Laser pointed weight placement (easyWeightTM)
- 3D Automatic balance measurement
- Automatic spoke detection
- Split weight capability
- Automatic wheel clamp (Power ClampTM)
- Automatic wheel data entry
- Automatic wheel stop for weight placement
- LED wheel lighting for optimal visibility during rim cleaning and weight placement
- EZ-Collets Mobile App helps service technicians identify the best tools for their wheel balancing procedures
When purchasing a wheel balancer, you’ll need to consider the following:
- How easy is the machine to use? How durable are the components?
- How quick is the balancing process?
- What kind of volume does your shop produce?
- What’s your budget?
- How quick can someone be trained to use the wheel balancing machine?
- What kind of parts and labor warranty are offered?
- Is there after sales service available?
Static balancing is accomplished while the wheel is at rest. Dynamic balancing is accomplished while the wheel is in motion. Dynamic balancing is a much more accurate measurement due to the simulation of operating speeds.
Wheel balancing can address customer complaints such as vibration and uneven tire wear. These conditions can also put additional stress on other components of a vehicle, such as the suspension, which can lead to customer complaints.
Runout occurs when there are high spots and low spots on a tire assembly that can lead to the wheel not being perfectly round. Runout can be accommodated by carefully installing wheel weights to counteract the negative effects of runout. This is possible with machines that measure wheels with an incredibly high degree of accuracy.