Wheel Balancing Tips

1. Inspect your machines.
Regularly inspect your assembly and balancing machines "and make sure you perform any necessary maintenance," look for obvious air leaks, and that all operating parts are working properly, from the bead breaker system to the boom arms. The aim is to avoid surprises in operation. “We advise our customers to keep all instructions with the device.Ensure all decals, labels and notices are clean and visible to the operator of the
, particularly near potential pinch points.” Operators should never attempt to override any machine's built-in safety features.

2. Wear protective gear.
Make sure operators wear safety goggles, heavy duty clothing, steel toe shoes, and other safety gear. “Anything that sags or bulges should be avoided. You don't want to get caught up in moving parts of your equipment.Keefe recommends wearing mechanic's gloves, "especially when handling worn tires or wheels." Hearing protection is also important. Getting used to wearing protective gear "is a function of the shopkeeper's policy."

3. Properly match the tires to the rims.
“With every tire you service, make it part of your standard workflow to check the size of the new tire before mounting it. Make sure it's the right size for the wheel." Tires and wheels that don't fit properly can cause injury when inflated."With enough momentum you can get a 16-inch tire on a 16.5-inch wheel, and certainly a 16.5-inch tire slips on a 16-inch tire pretty easily." Always check the size of the Tires and wheels. “In many shops, the tire technician is not the type to pull the tire from stock.

4. Examine the wheel closely.
"Check for cracks, rust, or other damage from curbs or potholes that may deform the tire." Because it can become difficult to sit while working on a structurally compromised tire, operators might be tempted to inflate more air than recommended use, which may result in injury.

5. Body positioning.
During installation, technicians must keep fingers clear of the bead seating area to avoid injury. "The toe can get caught between the heel and the edge." In addition, operators should avoid laying any part of their body over the tire and rim assembly during the inflation process.

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