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Centreless Wheel Balancing In North London!

Typically found on older Peugeots and Citroen models, these companies experimented with different wheel designs. Sadly there are no advantages or disadvantages with having centreless wheels, the only difference is trying to find a company to help balance and that’s why we are here!

We were recently called out to an MGB GT that shook when driving above 60 miles per hour. The customer called in to our office and got himself booked in for a check at his desired time at his home address. Despite not technically being centreless, this MG still needed a different balancing system to the conventional method.

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After the thorough inspection of the MG, the wheel nuts were loosened slightly and the whole vehicle carefully jacked into the air. Jacking from the front to rear, jack-stands were placed under the MG to hold it tight. Once jacked into the air, the knock-on spinners were taken off and the nuts holding the wheel on removed fully. As the customer felt vibration at certain speeds, this would be down to the balancing of the wheel.

The conventional method of balancing a wheel is removing the central dust cover (on the wheel) and threading it through a cone on the balancing machine and clamped into place. Giving the wheel a spin, the machine then finds the heavy spots. Whether it be a brand-new wheel with a brand-new Michelin tyre, there will always be a slightly heavy spot from where the rubber used to make the tyre is connected to itself to create a full circle. This area needs more reinforcement to ensure the tyre does not split open whilst driving!

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Balancing a centreless wheel is much the same process apart from the adaptor being different. Looking like a ‘spider’, the adaptor is installed onto the machine and the spider arms moved into the correct position to accommodate the bolt holes thus allowing the technician to securely clamp the wheel.

Centreless wheel balancing is something very few companies offer as it’s an investment most companies do not want to undertake. However, at Hometyre, we are more than willing to go the extra mile to help motorists stay safe on the road.

If you’re looking for a centreless wheel balancing service, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or send an enquiry to info@hometyre.co.uk!

 


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