Originally Posted by jlabit
I had the tire balancing beads installed in my six new Cooper Tires and drove it for the first time today. The first ten or so miles, I was almost beaten to death. It felt like I was driving on square tires. I was getting ready to turn around and take it back to Tires Etc, when it seemed to smooth out. Is this normal for tire balancing beads? Does it take that long for them to balance out? I hope it doesn't do that every time I take her out.
Nope, the beads should be fully distributed by the time you reach about 25-35 mph. Sounds like you got knock-offs versus the real McCoy from Innovative Balancing.
Chances are the installer had gotten moisture inside the tire during installation which will cause the beads to clump together.
From the FAQ's of Innovative Balancing web site.
The balancing principle is based on centrifugal force, and enough force is developed to keep the beads in position at approximately 25 - 35 MPH, but the exact speed is dependent upon tire diameter.
This illustrates How They Work
Originally Posted by twinboat
Sometimes they throw in the beads, bag and all.
I guess they rip it open first.
When I had my tires changed the bags with a bunch of beads in it, were still in the tire.
The recommended procedure for AUTHENTIC Dyna Beads is to slip off the clasps holding the bag closed and place it into the tire, NOT rip it open.
Here is a bag as you received it from Innovatiove Balancing.
Pull the bag gently while removing the bag clip.
Make sure the bag clip pieces are discarded, and press the tape seal between your thumb and forefinger before installation.
Notice the first bead has been placed over the rim, the top of the tire pulled up and the EZ Open Bag™ inserted upright against the inner sidewall opposite the valve stem.
Originally Posted by Possum
My tires were done in Bullhead City and I watched the tech tear open the bags and dump the contents in. He then wadded up the empty plastic bag and threw it in the garbage.
Most likely the beads they were selling were knock-offs and not the real McCoy otherwise the tech would have followed the instructions above.
Dr4Film ----- Richard