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Buick Regal, Sedan
Jan 13, 2006 (5:56 pm)
OK, I have a 2002 Buick Regal LS with 51,000 miles. It has the Grand Touring Suspension and the 16inch chrome wheels. At 45,000 I replaced the stock tires with a set of very similar Goodyear tires.
At 50,000 I had the tires rotated as I do every 5,000 miles and now there is a noticable shimmy in the steering wheel while traveling at certain speeds.
Also, at 50,000 miles I had the front and rear brake pads replaced. I would like this shimmy to go away but am not sure where to start. Should I have the tires balanced and get an alignment or do you think there is more underlying front suspension issues.
I normally do not keep cars this long, but I really like this one and would like to keep it a while longer.
#3106 of 3508 Re: Shaking [sdcabincrew74]
Jan 13, 2006 (7:10 pm)
My guess would be to start with the wheels. When the tire rotation was done they probably moved the rears to the front. A unbalanced rear wheel probably isn't as noticeable as one in the front, so try getting the wheels speed balanced again, especially the front. It might be as simple as one of the weights falling off.
#3107 of 3508 Re: Shaking [tsu670]
Jan 13, 2006 (8:23 pm)
I would suggest to ask if the shop have a Road Force machine and coated weights when balancing. If not, I would go to another shop / GM dealer.
I balanced my wheels at Firestone when I bought replacement tires from them. I asked if weights are compatible with alloy wheels, and receive a positive answer. A year later the weights started to rust noticeably. Back to Firestone: the managers told that all weights rust and that his shop does not carry other weights.
When changing air filter at dealership several months later, I asked them also about the rusting weights. Turned to be that the dealership uses special coated weights for alloy wheels.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that even at dealership a full rebalancing, on Road Force machine, costs only about $40. About the same as at Firestone, with bad weights and inferior equipment. Unfortunately, my wheels already corroded where the old weights were. Would I know it before...
#3108 of 3508 Re: Tire question. [jipster]
Jan 13, 2006 (8:53 pm)
I no longer own the car (2000 Regal GS) but I put about 25,000 miles on a set of four and I'd say I had 40% treadlife remaining. In those 25,000 miles, I had the tires rotated every 7,000+/- miles (every other oil change). No noticebale uneven wear and...I never needed to balance the tires or get an alignment during those 25,000 miles.
As I said, they were good, all around (quiet) tires. If you're looking for tires that will give you super grip taking a sharp turn at 50 MPH, look elsewhere. These tires were a noticeable improvement over the OEM Goodyear LS tires (that only lasted 30,000 miles).
#3109 of 3508 Re: Tire question. [Bushwack]
Jan 14, 2006 (6:05 pm)
Funny, I had no problem with the OEM tires and they lasted 45,000 miles, they probably would have lasted longer but I was starting a LONG road trip and figured it would be best to have new ones.
#3110 of 3508 Re: Tire question. [sdcabincrew74]
Jan 14, 2006 (6:21 pm)
We replaced the OEM tires at about 35k miles. My wife was a primary driver, and she drives gently.