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ScottR
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 8:56 pm  Reply with quoteBack to top

Had some wheels refurbed last week. Only needed the faces tidying up for a couple of scuffs, so the bodyshop said they would just break the bead on the tyres and push them back to paint, ie: not taking tyres off.

Get on the motorway today and feels like the wheels are out of balance. Could this have happened just by the tyres (brand new) having been seated slightly differently before they were reinflated?
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 9:15 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

By the sounds of it id say one of the tyres have been removed or a wheel weight have been knocked. I'd get the tyres re balanced. Probably one of the fronts are off.
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 9:37 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

The weights are all still there... under the paint!
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 9:38 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

ScottR wrote:
The weights are all still there... under the paint!


That's most likely your issue. The paint over the weights.
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 10:18 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Wouldn't have thought paint would weight enough to cause a noticeable imbalance, and even if it could, wouldn't you expect the paint to be uniformly distributed around the wheel?
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 10:24 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

ScottR wrote:
Wouldn't have thought paint would weight enough to cause a noticeable imbalance, and even if it could, wouldn't you expect the paint to be uniformly distributed around the wheel?


When you hold a wheel weight on your hand you'd be surprised how little they weigh. The paint could effect it.
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 7:23 am Reply with quoteBack to top

breaking the bead would allow the tyre to rotate on the wheel.

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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 9:47 am Reply with quoteBack to top

jockthedog wrote:
breaking the bead would allow the tyre to rotate on the wheel.


That's what I thought. So presumably that would mean the wheels should always be rebalanced?
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 10:33 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Depending on how deep the gouges were, they might have added some epoxy resin to act as filler, then sanded it flat before painting.

I've seen this technique at a few places with work.

This would have a much greater effect than a uniform coat of paint/lacquer.

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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 11:26 am Reply with quoteBack to top

The wheels were previously powdercoated, and there were a couple of places where it had chipped. Looks like the previous owner had filled, but I guess thr bodyshop probably would want to dig that out and fill it themselves so they know it was done properly.

Will get back on to.them. Don't think it's an unreasonable request to have them balanced.
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 11:26 am Reply with quoteBack to top

i would think its quite simple, the wheels were balanced before they were repaired, so anything that has changed especially having the tyres removed (i know the beads were only broken but thats got to be the same as having them completely off as has been said they would of rotated most likely)

get them rebalanced surely?
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