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    I went and got 2 new rear tyres fitted. When I got home I noticed that there seems to be small metal plates stuck on the inside rim of my alloys on one side. Are these weights? Is this normal? I have never seen this before.

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    Yes, on alloy wheels weights are stuck on to the rim of the wheel, typically on the inside edges so that they are not visible from the roadside
    On steel wheels they are clipped on

    As a result on alloy wheels these weights can often become dislodged, fall off, etc
    It is therefore recommended to check the balance every year with alloy wheels

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    Totally normal if you have alloys stick on means they dont have to hammer weights onto your nice shiney rim

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    Thanks for your quick replies,I thought Kwik Fit had left them on by mistake! Is it normal to have them just on one side? From what I can see they are only on left side

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    They should actually be mounted on the centre of the rim but yes they will be fine as they are.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisVec22 View Post
    Is it normal to have them just on one side? From what I can see they are only on left side
    It depends on the wheel and equipment
    Some equipment can actually advise the fitter to put the weight in a specific location, inside, centre, or outside
    Quite often if an outside weight is required then a heavier inside weight is also required

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    They should actually be mounted on the centre of the rim but yes they will be fine as they are.
    As above, depends on the equipment
    Placement is completely at the discretion of the fitter
    If the equipment does not specify inside or outside, then it makes no difference; central fitment is just convenience and typically to hide the weight behind the spokes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    They should actually be mounted on the centre of the rim but yes they will be fine as they are.
    Hows that work then? When they balance tyres the 2 displays on the balancer tell them what sized weights to stick on the wheels either side of the centre line. The closer the weights are to the edge of the wheels the better. I once had to go back 3 times to have my wheels balanced as the fitter didn't stick the weights close enough to the edge of the wheels.

    As for stick on weights, you still get the lazy tyre fitters who use the hammer/clip on weights on the inner rim of the alloy wheel - grrrrrr.

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    Ok so what difference does it make to place then either side of the centre line and not in the centre, explain please as both m8internet and big Dave disagree with this placement and each other.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    It depends on the equipment being used

    Normal placement is near to the edge of the wheel
    This counteracts the pull of the tyre as it turns
    This is fairly similar to clothes in a washing machine
    If you place lots of small light items and one large heavy item the drum will make lots of noise
    However, place the small light items into a bag, and the problem goes away, nature throws them 180 degrees apart

    Some tyre balancing machines can work this out, and they advise where (and with some amazing degree of accuracy) where to place the weights
    The basic option will simply state inner or outer
    However, the more advanced option will put actual angles in (the same as a clock face)

    Equally, some wheels don't even need weights
    The causes are quite numerous
    As a tyre wears they may be required, if the tyres remain on for a long time (hence why it is recommended to rebalance wheels with existing tyres as new tyres are fitted on the other wheels)
    Imperfections in a tyre are another (undistributed weight)
    The final and most common is minor damage to wheels

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    I understand the need for balancing and how it works ect. I want to know about the placement that yourself and big dave and I have differing views on. Ie why Dave suggests they should be either side of the centre line yet I was lead to believe (maybe wrongly) that they should be in the centre.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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