Lets take a look at the commonly overlooked causes of excessive tire wear.
- The benefits of balancing the steer tires are well recognized within the industry. Balanced tires reduce rolling resistance by decreasing tire sidewall flexing, tread squirming and friction and help prevent cupping. Studies show tire operating temperatures of balanced tire to run 8-25% cooler (dependent upon type of balancing system) than un-balanced tire.
- So why not also balance the drive and trailer tires? For rear and dual tires, the whole wheel assembly needs to balanced together and centered perfectly. The same vibration that the driver feels on the Steer tires also applies to the drive and trailer and is multiplied by the tolerance imperfections of the duel wheel assembly. Unchecked, it is one of the main reasons for wheel fasteners, U-bolts, and torque rod bolts to work themselves loose. The best means to avoid this and improve tire wear and fuel economy through decreased roll resistance is with a dynamic balancing system, such as Counteract.