Purchasing a car is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. And with such a large investment, there's a lot to consider. You want a car that will give you good gas mileage, and a smooth, safe ride. Though you may not know it, a small weight on each tire can hold the key to all these benefits.
One of the most common ways that automobile manufacturers and tire retailers ensure you get a smooth, long-lasting ride is by installing wheel weights on the metal rim of each wheel. This gives your car proper balance quickly and easily.
Traditionally, these wheel weights were made of lead. But there are many concerns with the use of lead. For one, there are prevalent environmental and health concerns surrounding the handling and exposure of lead. In addition, traditional wheel weights are not customizable to the precise weight needed for spot-on balance. Finally, mechanically applied weights can result in unattractive corrosion and rust on your rims. And no one wants to watch their investment rust away.
As a response to the many concerns of lead weights, 3M has developed a wheel weight system that is made of a corrosion resistant, lead-free composite material. Not only is the material flexible, but, unlike traditional weights, it can be custom cut to the exact size and weight required for precision balanced wheels. Wheel balance means better gas mileage, a longer lasting tire and a smoother ride.
Additionally, using this more sustainable material, manufacturers and retailers can simply attach the weights to your tire rims with 3M™ Automotive Attachment Tape and be confident that your car is set for the long haul.