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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 13th, 11, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Tires- Forced Balance

My wife's car had excessive steering wheel vibration. Since it was under warranty, I brought it back to the dealer. They said the tires needed to be forced balanced. Please explain what this means. Googled it and could not come up with anything that made sense. Mods- I was going to put this is the wheels and tire forum, but was not sure. Feel free to move

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Re: Tires- Forced Balance

I think you mis-understood the guy at the dealership or he didn't tell you properly. It's "road force balancing" not "forced balanced" Check out;

http://www.gsp9700.com/

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Is not Road Force just a brand name of a basically std wheel balancer found in any tyre shop?
Sounds to me like the salesman really doesnt know what he is talking about...and lets face it hes a saleaman not a tyre or mechanic....
Or he is usig fancy names or as we put it here, gobbly gook, to confuse a customer or to sound good.
Why the salesman doesnt be stright up front is strange...."we will book it into the workshop and find out" is all that is required...hell it could be a bearing from shiping long distance on a frieght train.

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Re: Tires- Forced Balance

Dennis Thanks for the link. Went to the web page and downloaded a brochure. Things are a bit clearer.
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Re: Tires- Forced Balance

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Is not Road Force just a brand name of a basically std wheel balancer found in any tyre shop?
Yes it's a brand name but it's not like the typical tire balance you are thinking of and why I provided the link. If you would have invested a few minutes to research you would have a better understanding. One benefit of a Road Force balancing machine is it can put a load on the tire sidewall to simulate the weight of the car on the tire. There is also a balancer that leaves the tire on the vehicle and is refered to as road force balancing.

Road Force Balancing has been known to solve tire issues standard balancing can't. It actually can save you from buying new tires and I don't think anyone charges more for the service. You just won't find it available at every tire shop!

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Dealer did not charge. Said it was covered under warranty
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 11, 09:45 AM
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Re: Tires- Forced Balance

i highly recommend hunter road force balancing to anyone. My shop charged $32 per wheel. Not sure about 4 wheels because i only got one done (replaced flat).

It's like having a new car.


There is also, by hunter, force matching where the tire and rim are matched to optimum position or something like that. So the sales guy may have also meant that?
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Re: Tires- Forced Balance

I went round and round with new tires on my Tacoma a couple years ago and the Hunter road force balancing was the only machine that could balance them correctly. It did have something to do with hub-centric vs. lug-centric adapters they were trying to use, but the Hunter Rep actually came down and figured it all out.
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