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I have winter tires on my 2002 liberty and have my summer tires on their own rims already balanced each year. i usually go back to the tire dealer and have them take the winters off, then re-balance the summers and put them on, usually charging me around $40 for all four. If the summer/winter tires are on their own rims and already balanced, to I need to have them rebalanced each season when I put them on the Jeep? Could I just be changing them at home without rebalancing them? Just wondering if I am throwing $40 out the window in the spring and fall? Thanks,

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  • aacross118 May 01, 2010

    Just what I had thought, they are rebalancing for no reason, by taking the old weights off and putting new on when each tire had never been removed from it's rim. will I need a torque wrench for this too? what should the 2002 liberty lug nuts be torqued to?

  • aacross118 May 02, 2010

    a great help, thanks.



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Ok now this is what i don't understand...
The tire shop is taking advantage of you. there is no reson to rebalance your tires every year, the balance will not change unless you unmount the tire from the rim. once you take the tire off the rim and put it back on it will change the balance of the tire to the rim and have to change the weights. You will have absolutly no problem what so ever changing your tires over for the seasons at home. Just look to make sure you didn't loss and wheel weights befoer you put them on, if you did it will cause a slight vibration and you would have to go have that one tire/rim balanced.
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  • Dave Martin May 02, 2010

    All passiger vahicles should be atleast 100 ft. lbs and make sure you tighten them in a star pattern to avoid off center rims. If I am at home most of the time i will not torque them to spec just make sure they are good and tight, unless you want a Torque wrench. ( best value ive found is a craftsman with a needle and gagde)


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I think you are throwing the $40.00 away. Put them on the same wheels you took them off from. That will make it a little more sure of perfect balance but I don't think it makes any difference unless you drive at high speeds all of the time and need perfect balance. Save your money

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