Goldwing Autocare has been the proud owner of a state-of-the-art Hunter GSP9700 road force balancer for more than 10 years now. Back then, we were one of the first in Ottawa to have one; more importantly we were the first in Ottawa to properly know how to use it. Those who know what roadforce balancing is, know that there really is no comparison to be had with a standard tire balancing. For those of you who do not know what roadforce balancing is please read on, we will do our best to explain.
First, let's explain to those who are unaware, what tire balancing is exactly.
Wheel balancing, also known as tire balancing, is the process of distributing the mass of the wheel and tire assembly, when mounting on a car's axle. This process can evenly distribute the weight around the axle.
The wheel and tire assembly is rarely the same weight all around. Tires may have slight weight imbalances from either the construction or compounds in the tire or your rims may have a slight imbalance or imperfection from construction or driving through road-hazards. During the mounting process the tire technician tries to offset these differences and then fine tunes the imbalance with wheel weights to effectively "balance" the wheel and tire ass [...]
What Is Minus Sizing For Winter Tires? OE (Original Equipment) wheel and tire sizes have become larger and wider for sharper aesthetics and increased performance over the past few years. Unfortunately, these aesthetic and performance-based packages are not ideal for winter driving and can make the purchase of winter tires an expensive endeavor. So if you’re likely to drive your vehicle in the snow during the winter in Ottawa this year, you’ll want winter tires and wheels in sizes that help grip in deep snow conditions and cost less. Minus sizing means using smaller wheels with narrower, higher profile tires. By doing so, tires are better able to grip in deep snow conditions. In addition, higher profile tire sizes feature taller sidewalls and smaller diameter wheels that resist damages associated with winter road hazards. The cost of minus sized winter wheel and tire packages are usually lower than a package in your vehicle’s OE wheel and tire sizing. Example Of [...]