Hatchback 4WD F4-1781cc 1.8L (1983)
Wheels: All Technical Service Bulletins
Tires/Wheels - Balancing & Runout Information
TIRE AND WHEEL BALANCING
This bulletin has been prepared to assist in the diagnosis and repair of tire and wheel vibrations. It is for informational purposes only. Please read the
entire bulletin prior to diagnosing a complaint vehicle..
Test drive the vehicle to verify that a tire and/or wheel vibration exists. Note the vehicle speed at which the vibration occurs.
TIRE AND WHEEL IMBALANCE
Tire and wheel imbalance causes a constant, low frequency vibration at speeds over 30 miles per hour.
To properly balance the tire and wheel, it is recommended to use an off-the-car or on-the-car dynamic spin balancer. Static or bubble balancers should
not be used. Stud mounting adapters, rather than center hole mounting, are recommended on balance equipment to achieve the most accurate balance.
Before proceeding with the balancing operation, check the following:
Tire air pressure Lug nut torque Bearing preload Tire tread or sidewall for damage Debris in tire tread Wheel damage Any non-factory type equipment
Follow the equipment manufacturer instructions when balancing tires and wheels. It is also important that the equipment is in good working condition.
Wheel balancing equipment should be periodically checked and recalibrated if necessary.
Though not as common as imbalance, excessive wheel runout can be a cause of vibration problems.
Radial runout or "out of round" and lateral or "side to side" runout should not exceed .047 inches. If a wheel is suspected to have excessive radial or
lateral runout, it can be checked by measuring the runout at the points shown in Figure 1.
If any of the runout figures obtained exceed .047 inch, check the following as a possible cause:
All steel wheels have a weld where the rim area was welded into a hoop after a curling operation. This weld will usually produce a localized high
dial indicator reading that does not affect wheel performance and is not cause for wheel replacement.