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February 26th, 2009

truck is getting new tires... @ 12:11 pm

Mood: happy happy

for the last few months the truck has had a vibration at highway speeds.

the speed at which the vibration occurs has been moving steadily downward.

In Oct/Nov it was up around 80 MPH. I took the truck to the dealer and they recommended a tire rotation / balance and new front brakes, which seemed to have lessened the issue for a while.

as time has passed the speed at which the vibration/wobble happens has moved down, lately the wobble has been happening around 5 to 10 MPH and then it gets (too bad) to go any faster around 45 to 50.

We have been talking about taking the truck in for service, but scheduling concerns continue to prevail. I need to be able to use the truck tomorrow and Monday for trips to a company location, about 15 or 20 minutes away, and I need to (again) feel safe driving the vehicle...

I'm getting a set of 4 of these tires today.
 
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From:cubziz
Date:February 27th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
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We had that on Hunter's car when he first moved in, turned out that the belt had broken on his tire and on the way to the service center, the tread actually shredded on the road (I was in the car behind him, with chunks hitting my car).

About two years ago, my car had BOTH rear tires doing something similar while we were out in Wichita. I didn't take the chance and replaced both while out there. ($400 too. Ouch.)
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:February 27th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
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wow! scary.

I'm glad that noone got hurt!
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From:cubziz
Date:February 28th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
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Yeah... :P I'm still using those tires (the ones I got in Wichita) and eventually when I have spare cash, I'll go in and replace all four.
From:bigbdog32
Date:February 27th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
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Good choice. I'm hoping to get them for our Short Bus.
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:February 27th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
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I'll let you know how I make out with them. On first blush, they seem to be quite good and quieter than the original Good Year tires.

check out my new posting for the outcome.
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From:mrpandabehr
Date:February 27th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
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Nice tires... I guess these lavender scented tires wouldn't go with your truck.
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:February 27th, 2009 05:56 am (UTC)
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Thanks.

lavender scented - um, no, thanks.

although $81/tire's not a bad price if they have ones in size for the truck - 275/60R20 - beefy monsters :)

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