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METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING NON-UNIFORMITY CHARACTERISTICS OF A VEHICLE TIRE AND RIM

United States Patent Application

20120186344
A1
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A method and system for a wheel assembly service system are provided. The system includes a rotatable spindle configured to receive a wheel assembly wherein the wheel assembly includes at least a rim and a tire. The system further includes a load device configured to apply a load to the tire during a rotation of the wheel assembly on the spindle, and a controller configured to determine a first force variation vector of the wheel assembly, prompt a user to rotate the tire with respect to the rim, determine a second force variation vector of the wheel assembly with the tire rotated with respect to the rim, and determine a force variation of at least one of the tire and the wheel using the first and second force variation vectors. The system also outputs at least one of the determined force variation vector values.
Douglas, Michael Wayne (St. Charles, MO), Feero, William B. (St. Louis, MO)
13/ 432,832
March 28, 2012