like everyone else, I hate buying tires. I drive a ton of miles and so does my wife so tires are replaced about every 15 months.
I recently got lazy and started having Walmart mount and balance tires again. Today I drove my truck and had the loose wheels that I dropped off for new tires. I went to pick up the tires and they failed to remove dirt from the inside of rim. Oh great how well can that balance job be??? The guy said well you have lifetime balance so just bring them back. Ugg.
I have the tire tools at home including balancer but just have so many other things going on that I figured I would save a hour and just farm it out but it looks like I will be balancing them when I get home. Seriously I already removed the wheels from the car and
As I am writing this I now recall why I purchased a tire balance in the first place. I was in a jamb and had to stop at a Walmart and buy a tire. They mounted and “balanced” the tire. Prior to balancing they failed to remove the sticky weights on the inside of the rim. To balance, the lady said she had to add 16 ounces of lead to get the tire to balance. I was the last customer of the day and as I drove off and merged onto the highway, I heard an interesting sound. Instantly my steering wheel began to shake and I realized the noise was the flinging off of the 16 ounces of tire weights that she put on to “balance” my tire. Now the tire shop was closed and I drove 60 miles home very slowly. The next day I bought a tire balance and it only took 1/2 ounce to properly balance the tire.
If you are forced to take your car in for anything, make sure it is locally owned mechanic/garage. The cost maybe slightly more but will be worth it in the long run.