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Old 05-30-2006, 05:47 PM   #1
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I plan on getting an alignment and wheel balance performed soon and have a couple of questions.

Would a truck tire dealer or an RV service center be better? (I have Goodyear tires).

What is the typical cost and amount of time to perform the operation?
Should I remove the wheel liners myself to save time (and potential damage)?

I am located in Southern Connecticut. Would anyone be able to recommend a location based on personal experience?

Any help appreciated.

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I plan on getting an alignment and wheel balance performed soon and have a couple of questions.

Would a truck tire dealer or an RV service center be better? (I have Goodyear tires).

What is the typical cost and amount of time to perform the operation?
Should I remove the wheel liners myself to save time (and potential damage)?

I am located in Southern Connecticut. Would anyone be able to recommend a location based on personal experience?

Any help appreciated.

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Old 05-30-2006, 07:08 PM   #3
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Fews RV shps actually do tire service - most would send it out anyway. I'd go to a good alignment shop (not necessarily a tire shop). Sinc eyou have a large vehicle, I'd try a shop that handles large trucks.

It's not real close to you, but there is an excellent alignment shop in Westfield, Mass (West Springfield area). It is Hyder's Safety Service and I think their phone is (413) 568-4414. They are experienced with motorhomes and can handle the solid front axle on your F53, which passenger car facilities cannot do. I've had an alignment there and so have friends of mine and we recommend them highly.
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What factors do the wheel liners play on tire balance if they are reinstalled after the wheel has been balanced?
It would seem to me you would need to balance the wheels with the liners on.
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It is preferable to have everything in place when you balance, but few shops balance with the trim rings on. In practice, they have a negligible effect because they are so very light compared to the wheel and tire. Even if slightly out of balance, the effect on the wheel is unnoticeable.
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