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Old 11-17-2014, 08:48 AM   #1
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Centramatic balancers?

This a question for anyone using, (or has ever used), Centramatic balancers.
balancers - Centramatic Wheel Balancer, Tire Balancers for DFW Trucks
I've been using a set of 6 since '02, (for 94K miles... through the life of 2 sets of tires), and they appear to be doing their job).
The dealer where I will be getting a new set of 6 22.5" Michelin tires says that Centramatics "wear out" and that my old ones should be "thrown away".
Has anyone had a "Centramatic balancer" fail?....(or heard of a failure)?
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:52 AM   #2
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Mel I have them on my Essex but have only had them for 18 months , they do seem to do a good job. I would probably suggest calling the company for their opinion.

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Old 11-17-2014, 09:08 AM   #3
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I have them on my Jeep, but not the motorhome. Work great on the Jeep to mitigate imbalance should a tire slip on the rim or get chunked. I have never heard of them wearing out.
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My Centramatics are 21 years old.
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Old 11-17-2014, 09:58 AM   #5
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Mel I have them on my Essex but have only had them for 18 months , they do seem to do a good job. I would probably suggest calling the company for their opinion.
Originally Posted by johnhicks View Post
My Centramatics are 21 years old.
Thanks Steve, (and John)
I just got off the phone with Centramaic.
They said if the "balancing stuff" is "moving freely in the rings" the balancers are "good".

BTW for 94k miles I have always driven on tires that are BOTH spin balanced AND have had Centramatics on them.

However I've talked to "so called tire experts" at numerous tire shops/dealers), and each have a different opinion.... so I will go with what I know from my PERSONAL EXPERIENCE works, (and what Centramatic recommended)... which is BOTH spin balancing AND Centramatic balancers.

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Mine our under 4 years old. As I researched, I did read a few posts that said that in states with heavy road salting, that sometimes the interior would get crudded up and impact the balls ability to spin where needed.

I would also call the company, and ask them their opinion.

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