Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Glendale Heights, IL
Feedback: 5 reviews
So I've been running 35x12.5x17 Goodyear MTR-K's for the last 3.5-4 years, have maybe 40k miles on them. Never really had that many problems (always had the tires rotated every 5-6k miles or so) with the tires up until about the last six months or so. I started noticing a shake and shimmy with the Jeep at all speeds on almost any road surface. Check and rechecked the front end and suspension several times and problems. Had the tires balanced and rotated, was told everything balanced out and things were a little better for a while but the shake in the Jeep and steering wheel persisted. Replaced the steering stabilizer thinking maybe that had gone bad, it got a little better but the shake in the steering wheel was still there. I just had the tires balanced again and they apparently pulled all the weight and started from scratch. I guess one of the wheels went from 9oz to 6oz of weight, not sure about the rest.
Now that I've vented a little I've got a question. If you have a set tire that is balanced properly, is it possible over the course of 5000-6000 miles for them to get out of balance? A buddy of mine claims that once they are balanced properly in the beginning, they never need to balanced again and recommend covering the wheel weights with that HVAC tape to keep the weights from coming off. I'm by far no expert, but I can't say I necessarily agree with that. I've taken a fair amount of heat from him because of how many times over the years the tires have been balanced and rotated. I've told him, I don't ask for Discount Tire to do it, they just do it. I've asked one of the guys I work with regularly at the local DT and he says their techs only check to see if tires need to be balanced, if they do the balance them, if they don't, they don't do anything.
I guess I need to be educated on this stuff, because I don't know.
Sure my rig has seen the trail, but I wheel it like a soccer mom looking for a parking spot at Nordstroms.
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