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So, I've had snow tires on the car for almost 2 months. Almost from the first highway drive I've have a noticable vibration from the steering wheel. Took the car back to the tire place and was told it was probably from snow build up between the tire and wheel well. Called them 2 weeks later with the same problem(it never wnt away). They told me the same thing. Took the car back to the tire store saturday to have them check the balance, they said the tires were OK and that some snow tires will cause my problem. My first time with snow tires, is this correct or do I maybe have some bad tires?

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  • bojibum Feb 01, 2010

    Would a dealer have the road force balancer machine? This is driving me nuts as I fear continueing on with ths for another 2 months may cause problems with the steering/suspension and I do not believe that most snow tires will cause this as they claim.

  • bojibum Feb 06, 2010


    Took the car to the dealer and they performed the Road force balance....solved my problem. Thanks for the advice as I was unaware of Road force balanceing.


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It is very possible that you have tires that are balanced but a regular balancer will not detect road force.There are certain shops that have road force balancers.These machines duplicate road force on the tire and will find bad tires easily.If the vibration is not there with the regular tires then you know it is the snow tires that are causing the problem.Hope this helps.Good luck.

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  • Salvador Quintanilla Feb 01, 2010

    Some dealers are required to have the the road force balancer for warranty issues on there vehicles.What you can do is call them and ask.If you can not find a shop that has this balance then just install the old tores on your vehicle and you will know if this is your problem or not.Good luck.

  • Salvador Quintanilla Feb 01, 2010

    Sorry I meant tires not tores.


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