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Old 04-07-2016, 10:13 AM   #11
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Had 4 new Marathons installed last week at a Good Year (exclusive) Tire store.
Installer in shop looked at me like I was crazy when I " reminded" him of balance, he stated "we never balance
Trailer tires"!
I asked him to look at service order, it clearly stated balance.
Glad I was in the shop, he also attempted to place the floor jack directly under axle tube ! Well inboard of leaf shackle too.
Says "we always jack on axle tube"
Sadly ya gotta watch me !


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Old 04-07-2016, 10:15 AM   #12
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it's not "required" because we don't require it!
Ever thought of requiring the dealer to do it before taking it off the lot? I insisted on our 08Flagstaff and the salesman laughed until I said "Fine." and walked away. He immediately stopped laughing and said they'd do it even tho' they had never been asked to do it before. It was Tom Johnson's in Concord.
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Old 04-07-2016, 01:44 PM   #13
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I can think of no good reason NOT to balance trailer tires.
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Old 04-07-2016, 02:30 PM   #14
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Another word of warning, if you have TST TPMS Flow thru sensors, use all metal stems and BALANCE WITH THE SENSORS ON. We checked all 5 of mine with and without the sensors, the sensors threw the balance off by 0.5 ozs on all 5. That is enough to cause cupping while towing.
Yes sir. This is something that may be overlooked. Solving one problem (monitoring psi) and creating another one. Those top heavy sensors are not recommended on rubber stems. Saw failures when I rode motorcycles.
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Old 04-07-2016, 02:47 PM   #15
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Had 4 new Marathons installed last week at a Good Year (exclusive) Tire store.
Installer in shop looked at me like I was crazy when I " reminded" him of balance, he stated "we never balance
Trailer tires"!
I asked him to look at service order, it clearly stated balance.
Glad I was in the shop, he also attempted to place the floor jack directly under axle tube ! Well inboard of leaf shackle too.
Says "we always jack on axle tube"
Sadly ya gotta watch me !


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This is why I've always jacked up my trailers; put on jack stands and take the tires to the tire shop. I just purchased tires last month for my 5er from a local tire shop. The owner told his guys to make sure they balance them. I stood there and talked to them while they did it. Surprisingly one of the four was perfectly balanced without weights.
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Old 04-07-2016, 02:48 PM   #16
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I get all of my trailer tires balanced. They live longer and so will your suspension parts.
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Old 04-07-2016, 03:36 PM   #17
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Why would trailer tires be exempt? I's a no brainer to me....and when it takes 3-5 oz to balance it HAS to make a difference on trailer vibration.
Roadforce is a must with the stiffer sidewalls too.
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:00 PM   #18
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Balance trailer tires

Forgot to add to my previous post, the Good Year tech? Who stated they never balance Trailer tires, the same tech who placed the floor Jack directly on the axle tube, also was at a loss when I asked him to Torque them. Says they don't do that either !
He stated that he did not know the torque, he would have to get the torque wrench. Asked me to look up the data and he would do it.
Amazing, as I stated earlier "Gotta watch em" !!!!!
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Old 04-08-2016, 06:02 AM   #19
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When we replaced our Good Years last year at a Commercial Good Year store I was able to get them thru a friend who happened to be the area rep and he said no problem to balance them now the guy in the shop looked at me like I had 2 heads when I reminded them but after saying the rep insisted it was not a issue. Regarding torque they came and had me watch them do every wheel and then insisted to also check the air pressure in all of my tires including our tow vehicle.
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Trailer tire balance

When I questioned about the torque, the "tech" tried to BS me and said the impact gun is pre set to right torque.. Can you imagine that? Now I want to re check the air pressure..
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