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Common Mounting And Balancing Mistakes

Common Mounting And Balancing Mistakes

Success in a tire shop starts with mastering the basics. Here we will give you several tips from tire equipment manufacturers so that you can solve everyday mistakes.

The most common tire mounting and balancing problems are caused by fundamental errors, which, most of the time, can be easily fixed.

Assembly errors

1. Bead not seated correctly in mounting head

Improperly positioning the bead on the mounting head is a leading cause of tire damage and issues. You can inadvertently place the tire on the head of the mount often, and the head of the mount will accept it. But in most cases, the tire will be damaged if a very thick bead and other conditions prevent it from riding above the toe of the support. If this happens, you can cut the tire from the rim or the head of the mount.

Also, be aware that mounting the upper bead may cause the operator to lose the clock position of the tire pressure monitoring system sensor.

2. Do not push the tire towards the center of the camber

It is a frequent occurrence that operators do not correctly position the tire in the center of the wheel drop. Many technicians need help understanding the goal of pushing the tire toward the center of the camber, which can lead to tire damage or top half bead, tire coming off the mounting head or rim and failing to mount. Failure to perform this step may cause damage to the TPMS. If the tire doesn’t feed into the camber center correctly, it can ride 180 degrees behind where it should and perhaps catch the TPMS sensor.

3. Sloppy Weight Placement

Large wheels create problems when attaching clip-on weights. If the wheel is large, it will make it difficult for the operator to know if he is placing the weight directly on the axle. Some balancers have tools with lasers to know precisely where to put weight.

But clipless applications involve tape weight which is an additional challenge.

If you’re doing a ribbon weight on the inner plane, it will be far off the spokes, but specific wheel profiles make it tricky. The problem is that the more you pack those weight planes into a wide wheel, the more challenging to get the correct answer.

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