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    I'm curious to know how many people find that when new tyres are fitted ... if their balancing is rubbish?.. My last set of NCT5's needed balancing 5 times before they were spot on. Just had my Neutons fitted at the weekend and at 65 - 70 .. wheel wobble which was not present with my old fitted NCTs

    This happens to me EVERY time I have new tyres fitted,.. all at different centres too

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    I'm having the same problems fella it's annoying
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    Same here. Every time I have new tyres I have to have them rebalanced at least 3 times before they're ok. And like you, its not always the same place either.

    One place I used to go to said their balancer only does wheels up to 70 mph. Found another place that did high performance cars and their balancer went up to 100 mph. I still had to have them done 3 times with them as well.

    Only time I've ever had them spot on the 1st time is when they balance them on the car, and not take them off to do it. That was several years ago though. No one locally seems to do it anymore.

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    Don't know if it's still the case,but some tyres were marked with a coloured dot on the s/wall,this was the "heaviest" part of the tyre,and this was supposed to fitted opposite to the valve to equal the two,google might give you more info,HTH.

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    hey mine do have yellow dots on!!! - and theyre 15minutes away form the valves!!!! A yellow dot is the lightest point and should be fitted in line with the valve
    Last edited by chewy71; 25th July 2011 at 11:57.

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    the amount of tyre fitters that claim they know what there doing when it come to wheel balancing is shocking. my self who worked in the trade for years prided my self on correct wheel balancing with the correct type and placement of all wheel weights, be it stickon or chapon weights. most of it comes down to the tyre fitter making it easy on them self with either a single weight chaped on the inside of the rim or a single set of stickon weights placed somewhere inside the wheel. they do anything to get a 0 on the balancer. but just because it says 0 dont mean that its balanced correctly

    i have now got to the point i observe the fitter at all times when having my tyres fitted and balanced and if its not done correctly i tell them there doing it wrong and in a couple of cases taken over to do it myself. must admit its not gone down well a few times but your paying for a service that alot of places cannot supply you with properly so how else are you ment to get the job done right?

    I hold every tyre fitting and balancing C&G available for car,van,truck,plant and agri and i think that these courses MUST be passed in all aspects of the type of vehicle there going to be working on, but 90% of the time the fitter has only had 10mins with a guy watching over his shoulder to make sure its done right and this qualifies them to work on a car unaided. and more than likely the guy thats training them was trained the same way so they know only how to use 1 setting on the balancer and this they apply to all wheels witch simply is incorrect.

    i know im bleatherin on here but its a touchy subject for me, so my rant is over lol

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    Just had a quick google !,there can be red or yellow dots on a tyre,the red is the high point and guess what ?,the yellow is the low (light) point,and from a quick read if you have yellow dots they should be next to the valve and if you have red dots they should be aligned with a mark on the wheel,if you have both you should use the red marks.

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    when fitting tyres with the dot's "not all manufactures have them" there is a correct way to do it, but when it comes down to it it makes it easier to balance the tyre meaning less weights.

    nect time you get tyres fitted just ask what there for, most wont have a clue

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimTay View Post
    nect time you get tyres fitted just ask what there for, most wont have a clue
    Agreed. One fitter told me that it was a batch reference tag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post

    Only time I've ever had them spot on the 1st time is when they balance them on the car, and not take them off to do it. That was several years ago though. No one locally seems to do it anymore.
    This would concluded that the inballance would be in the bearing in the hub or an inbalance on the brakediscs, shafts ect..
    Because it then works after 3-5 times is by that time the tire has worn, so now it is "round" to fit the inballance from the car.

    Another thing can be that do to freight costs the tires are pressed in a container to carrie more tires. This can course uneven tires. After a little while on the car, the tire has been warmed up and got the sharpe again they had when leaving the tire producent. Now the can be balanced again and it now works...

    I have worked with tires the last 6 year, the last 3 as a tire fitter with a brand new laser tire balancer.
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