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Old 05-19-2010, 09:59 AM   #15
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:22 PM   #16
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I guess this is to Dave but open to anyone: If 13% of wheel weight were lost each year, should we be getting our auto tires balanced every 2 years, rather than only when they are replaced?
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Old 05-19-2010, 05:46 PM   #17
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EPA estimates that 13% of wheel weights fall off each year and are a major cause of lead pollution today.
I don't think it works like that, Don...
My first question would be: 13% of what?
  • 13% of all the wheel weights installed on every vehicle in a given year?
  • 13% of the total of all the wheel weights ever installed?

But you do bring up an interesting point: I don't think I ever think about my wheel weights as an ongoing maintenance issue...
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Old 05-19-2010, 05:53 PM   #18
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13% of 'all'
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:29 AM   #19
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For whatever it's worth I'm pushing 70. I have owned and towed 8 horse stock trailers. utility trailers, ATV trailers and travel trailers for the last 45 years. I have 3 different trailers now.
I have never had the need to balance a tire nor have I had any unusual tire wear due to a lack of balancing.
I've had only one wheel bearing go bad and that was on my very first boat trailer many years ago.
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:29 AM   #20
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I guess this is to Dave but open to anyone: If 13% of wheel weight were lost each year, should we be getting our auto tires balanced every 2 years, rather than only when they are replaced?
I would rebalance only if I noticed a missing wheel weight. For my cars, I do check both inside and face of wheel during tire rotations. Have never lost a wheel weight.
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:02 PM   #21
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When I was a kid and had my first car, I bough recap tires and didn't have the money to have them balanced. I never noticed any vibration from the tires.

Having said that, the OEM tires that came on my Scamp when I bought it new had no wheel weights. I have had the two replacement pairs balanced.

To this day I don't think it matters if you balance tires or not. But I get it done anyway.

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Old 05-20-2010, 04:05 PM   #22
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EPA estimates that 13% of wheel weights fall off each year and are a major cause of lead pollution today.
WOW.... surprised they haven't tried to cap that Volcano in Iceland yet.
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Old 05-21-2010, 08:24 PM   #23
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anyone who thinks tires dont need balancing should run out right now and pop the weights off all their vehicles........lemme know how that works out for you ....Bruce
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:54 PM   #24
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anyone who thinks tires dont need balancing should run out right now and pop the weights off all their vehicles........lemme know how that works out for you ....Bruce
I was going to get mine balanced, too, but I have eight wheels on this rig and the EPA says thirteen percent of the weights are going go fall off in the next year -why court disaster?

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Old 06-04-2010, 07:50 PM   #25
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What they are probably trying to say is that 13% of all wheel weights installed on everything will come off or they think they do. Not every vehicle.
I'd say yes to those glue on ones that folks use on dirty wheels ,but I doubt normal wheel weights fail at that rate...It's a deceptive figure at best ,allowing those so inclined an excuse not to, and keeping the tree huggers who probably came up with it smiling.
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Hi: All... 13% is such a nice round figure!!! FWIW... I get enough static and vibration in my life I don't need more. It seems to be a personal choice and I err on the side of balance and order. As for the weighty issue; what's a lead weight without LEAD!!! It's gone from gasoline next thing will be the "Lead Pencil".
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pencils have graphite and the lead in your gasoline is a product used to control valve where mostly..........its easy to see how people get it all mixed up though...Bruce
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I purchased new tires and had them balanced. Took my first trip with the new "balanced" tires last weekend and the difference in smoothness was noticeable. My truck seemed smoother (probably because any shaking from the trailer actually affects the truck also) and the items inside the trailer did not seem to have bounced around as much as they did on previous trips. Usually 4 screws loosen on my long trips; this time with balanced tires it was only one screw loose.
I'm a believer in balancing tires, even if it's on a trailer.

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