Often confused with wheel alignment, a properly balanced wheel is a beautiful, perfectly tuned wheel-tire combination. This is accomplished by placing measured lead weights on the opposite side of the “heavy spot”—the noticeable tread wear on your unbalanced tire.
Beyond their obvious round and black traits, tires are paragons of mystery. But tires evolve as quickly as cars do, so there’s always something new to learn. Here we present the latest trends and technologies, plus some engineering truths that you’ve likely never heard before.
There are certain components of every car that wear out over time. These components may be filters, which get dirty and need to be changed. They may be brakes and belts, which wear down and lose effectiveness. They may be engine oil, power steering fluid, and other fluids, which need to be refilled, changed, or flushed.