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      Beginning to Wonder about Auto Repair Shop...Tire Balance Question

      So I had a directional tire installed - they installed it in the wrong direction. I took the car back the very next day and they corrected the issue; however, the balance was now woefully off. Returned a week later and they corrected the balance issue (sort of, still a bit shaky) but (and this is where I need your help) - they left the half torn off adhesive residue on the wheel - not a big deal but it looks bad and sort of speaks to the quality of their service IMO. If you are unfamiliar with the adhesive tape use for wheel weights - its like the 3M adhesive tape with a small cushion material. What they left on the wheel was the adhesive and cushion material. Please tell me if I'm being ridiculous about this - I am rather sensitive about my car.
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      I agree with you, drives me crazy and happens all the time to me


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      Quote Originally Posted by DCPattie View Post
      So I had a directional tire installed - they installed it in the wrong direction. I took the car back the very next day and they corrected the issue; however, the balance was now woefully off. Returned a week later and they corrected the balance issue (sort of, still a bit shaky) but (and this is where I need your help) - they left the half torn off adhesive residue on the wheel - not a big deal but it looks bad and sort of speaks to the quality of their service IMO. If you are unfamiliar with the adhesive tape use for wheel weights - its like the 3M adhesive tape with a small cushion material. What they left on the wheel was the adhesive and cushion material. Please tell me if I'm being ridiculous about this - I am rather sensitive about my car.
      If you are rather sensitive, I would suggest going to a place that can do a road force balance. This sort of service seems far more common on the east coast than the west. Very few places offer it and do it right out here. The difference is amazing if done correctly. A good place will even re-mount the tire.

      You are not being ridiculous.

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      Quote Originally Posted by yesitsme View Post
      If you are rather sensitive, I would suggest going to a place that can do a road force balance. This sort of service seems far more common on the east coast than the west. Very few places offer it and do it right out here. The difference is amazing if done correctly. A good place will even re-mount the tire.

      You are not being ridiculous.
      A road force balance is definitely the way to go. My R didn't feel right to me until I had it done. However, it's extremely difficult to find a shop that has any idea whatsoever how to do it properly, so my advice would be to check out the reviews for any locals shops that offer road force balancing.

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      If you have a local shop who works on race/performance cars try them as they're used to mounting directional tires.
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      Just my luck, I had a sidewall puncture on my winter tire (I was going to replace after this season) so I ended up just replacing all 4 at a new shop next to my work location. WHAT A DIFFERENCE. The are balanced correctly for what feels like the first time ever. BTW, I just purchased a set of michelin alpin pa4 and they are amazing - feels like I'm on a summer tire for winter roads.
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      2016 Cadillac ATS-V

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