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Subject: [Shop-talk] tire balancing
From: Steven Trovato via Shop-talk <>
Date: Mon, 04 Nov 2019 17:31:23 -0500
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Two years ago, I purchased a set of Michelin tires for my Ford 
Expedition at BJs.  It was not a great experience, and I don't think 
I'd do it again.  The tires do come with a road hazard warranty, 
though, and free flat repair.  I got a puncture in the right rear 
yesterday, so I ventured down to BJs once again.  The guy there asked 
me if it was a front or rear tire.  He said they balance them 
differently.  He said it was "statically balanced" but on a machine 
that spins it and uses lasers.  I don't know what he is talking 
about.  I told him it is a rear tire, but that shouldn't matter, 
because it will be a front tire when I rotate them.  He told me I 
shouldn't do that.  I have to bring the vehicle to them to rotate and 
re-balance.  None of this makes any sense to me.  Have things changed 
drastically or is this guy nuts?  I should note that all this stuff 
is free when you buy the tires there, so I don't really see any 
financial motive for them to want to do this.


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