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Old 03-24-2015, 07:24 PM   #1
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Check your wheel weights!

Last week I had the tires rotated and rebalanced on our motorhome. This also meant unmounting 4 tires from their rims. In the process, the existing weights (lead) were removed and replaced with steel ones. Some states now have banned lead weight use, including mine. Unfortunately, the steel weights installed on my tires were loose shortly after installation and I found one on the ground in the covered storage where I park my RV and 2 loose on the rims.

I brought the rig back and had the problem fixed, but I suggest that those having a similar effort done check their weights afterwards. The steel ones don't hug the rim quite as nicely in some cases as compared to the lead ones. I don't have a photo of the problem, but have included the replacement image here.

It did make me wonder about using balancing beads instead.

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I've never seen anything but stick on weights used on aluminum wheels. The alum wheel has a different contour than a steel one and the weights won't fit right, as you found out.
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Old 03-24-2015, 11:41 PM   #3
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Check your wheel weights!

Good to know. I'm new to aluminum rims (prior owner install). Of interest is that you will see from this picture that they still used the clip on style. They aren't loose as before but I haven't checked to see if they used 3M adhesive.
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Next time you have them taken off, have these put on instead.

Tire Balance and Wheel Balancing from Centramatic
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Good to know. Thanks for the heads up !
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I also had a issue where the wheel weights actually caused a slow air leak so be sure to monitor your air pressure closely after tire mounting
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Good to know. I'm new to aluminum rims (prior owner install). Of interest is that you will see from this picture that they still used the clip on style. They aren't loose as before but I haven't checked to see if they used 3M adhesive.
Shop should never have used the clip ons UNLESS they are specifically made for alum rims. Ours were lead stick ons on the Dutch Star we just traded and I haven't looked under the Magna yet but I did find a bill for ONE Centramatic in the manuals. Need to see if I have more than one!
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Supposedly these particular ones are fine for aluminum rims. I talked with the manager of the shop (Les Schwab) earlier today. This particular shop also sells and installs a lot of heavy tires, including those on aluminum rims. The mistake was an improper install by the tech. They removed and rebalanced all of the wheels using a dual plane method and replaced the weights.
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