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    How to balance tires

    OMG

    I just purchased new tires for my antique car (fronts).

    The rims are lug centric.

    I balanced them myself 10 years ago when I installed the old set.

    Even balanced them hub centric style and was able to get them zeroed out.

    Pep Boys was not able to do it, so I took them to a specialty shop with the lug centric attachments (which I didn't need when I balanced them).

    Anyhow, 40 bucks and a few hours of mickey mousing around I have two supposedly balanced wheels.

    Installed them on my wagon, all was good for a bit.

    Then started to do the shake dance, so I got it off the ground to make sure my u-joints where okay. Hadn't looked at them in a long time and just wanted to check. Cuz I was sure my tires were balanced..

    Didn't find anything loose are seeming messed up.

    Decided to change my rear end fluid while I was hanging out downstairs.

    Had driven the car since last week.

    Drank two cups of coffee this morning then decided to mess with a metal detector I had sitting around for a bit.

    Walking down the driveway detecting shit I notice a cute little slab of stick on wheel weights that I had a mental picture in my head were the ones I just had installed.

    Dammit!

    Two car shops can't balance some fucking rims?

    What is the world coming to?

    The most simple thing, not to mention the first thing a tech leans, they can't get right.

    I called the shop and they said bring the rims back. -nope

    Learned my lesson, yet again!

    I'll just do the shit myself.

    Curry's Auto

    They say insanity is repeating/doing the same thing/s and expecting a different result.

    I must be insane to think I will receive utility/quality in the products/services I pay top dollar for!

    Should know better.

    Dammit.

    After I end up doing the balance myself it will have been three visits to the shop to balance two wheels!

    I'm an idiot.

    Gotta bite the bullet and drive to my buddy's shop and do it myself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dom View Post
    I must be insane to think I will receive utility/quality in the products/services I pay top dollar for!

    Should know better.

    Dammit.

    After I end up doing the balance myself it will have been three visits to the shop to balance two wheels!

    I'm an idiot.

    Gotta bite the bullet and drive to my buddy's shop and do it myself!
    I have learned over the years that if you can do something yourself - you are better off taking the time to do it yourself.

    Here's my story:

    I build my own PC's. All seperate components: case, mother board, power supply, video card, hard drive, etc.

    I had a PC with a 'raid array' of disks, and I couldn't recover it. I decided to let some "pro's" take a look at.

    First I get a call and they tell me they can't recover. I made misktake in asking them to replace the drive.

    Two days go by - it takes 10 minutes to replace a drive.

    I ask: "Is it done?" - they then told me I also needed a new power supply!

    So I said OK.

    Then I get the call that I need a new mother board. By this time I thought maybe the PC was hit by some transient voltage. So I say OK.

    Then they call me and say: "you need a new case!!"

    I went to the shop - and took home the PC in a box.

    What they had done was use a cordless screwdriver and pressed so hard that they punched the standoff's for the motherboard, through the bottom pan of the chassis. And shorted out the PC.

    They ruined $150 worth of memory. I fixed the chassis with some fiber washers from the hardware store.

    I was stupid also.

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