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Tire/Wheel/Hub Balance

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#1 Elkhartjim


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 08:00 PM

I replaced my Goodyear tires yesterday with Michelin thru the FMCA program. I hope I get as good service from the Michelins as I got from the Goodyears.

The best money I have ever spent was on the Centramatic balance system. Oh my! The motorhome rides smoother than ever and before the Goodyear naysayers start I'll tell you I first drove away with the Michelin tires spin balanced. It drove terrible and I mean teeth rattling bad. Turned around and while talking with the store manager a truck driver chimed in "that I needed the Centramatic system".


When I told him it's a motorhome, he grimaced and said "that's still what you need".


The manager made me a deal I couldn't resist and I'm extremely pleased with Centramatic.

Nuff said...

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#2 wolfe10


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:17 PM



I agree-- have them on my coach.  They end out of balance, as they account for imbalance in everything:





Brake drum or disk


Basically all rotating masses are balanced.


The only other variable is run-out.  If the tires don't have excessive run-out, you are good to go.


As fewer and fewer shops can do a  good "on the vehicle spin balance", finding a permanent solution makes sense. 


The cost must be factored over the  life of the motorhome (or motorhomes if you move them to a new one), NOT just that set of tires.

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#3 desertdeals69


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 11:20 PM

Been using Centramatics for 12 years.

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#4 KenBrown



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 12:04 PM

I agree. I had them on my older coach and did not take them off,  What a bad idea.  Will not do that again.


I just got a new set for my new coach and will install next week with new Michelin tires, FMCA advantage program is  a great help, saved over $150 per tire.


Since balancing cost $30 or more per tire the centermatics are not a bad deal. Yes the cost a little more up front but save in the long run.


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