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Old 03-16-2007, 09:43 AM   #1
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Tires, Wal-Mart

This is meant only as information to help others in the future...
I had a tire failure on my TV last Sunday at 4 in the afternoon. I made a U-turn and went to Wal-Mart which I had just passed. The 2 twenty-something year olds had been on the job 3 weeks. This is where my problems began. The associates in the tire department were not familiar with tire sizes or weight carrying capacity. I was also informed that it is Wal-Mart policy to only inflate tires to 50 pounds, no more . Is safety a concern here? I wondered why they were selling something that could not be inflated properly? The tires I bought were 10 ply and had a cold psi inflation of 80 pounds. Wal-Mart installation time for 4 tires, with no one ahead of me in line, 5 HOURS I went to a truck tire retailer the following day and had all tires correctly positioned and inflated. $18.00 additional. Lesson learned........
Was also informed that Wal-mart will sell you a tire that can be on a trailer, but will not mount it for you if they know it is going on a trailer.
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Old 03-16-2007, 10:09 AM   #2
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Thanks for the info. I have found it always best to deal with a well established and professional dealer when purchasing something as important as tires. My dealer will always take the time to explain in depth any questions I may have. After all that is his job and he does it well.
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Old 03-16-2007, 10:58 AM   #3
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For the last ten years or so I have purchased all of my tires from Peerless. Yesterday the local store manager agreed to come out to the house and look at the Minuet to make sure the rims were up to standard and confirm that the bias ply tire I am looking at will fit. That is service well above and beyond expected. As a result I will be buying two tires and one rim.
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Old 03-16-2007, 11:30 AM   #4
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Is IDIOT painted on my forehead???????????

I went to Sears to get a battery for my tow vehicle. ( Maybe I am an idiot)
The salesman told me that I would get better gas mileage with the $95 top of the line battery. I said that I didn't think so. Then he said I would loose
performance with a cheaper battery.
Anyway, I was telling some friends about it, and they said for Diehard to reach the higher cranking amps that they had to make the plates thinner,
resulting in a battery that wouldn't last as long. I am happy with the $65 battery.
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Old 03-16-2007, 11:42 AM   #5
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Over the years, I've had very good experience with DISCOUNT TIRES. My dealings with them were in TX and I'm not certain how nationwide they've expanded. My TV tires have always been BFGoodrich TA Radials once the factories are depleted. I've been able to get 50K plus miles on them when properly inflated (never below 55psi). Recently, I've found that both COSTCO and SAMS CLUB carry these and for around $20 less per tire with a full road hazard warranty.
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Old 03-16-2007, 11:51 AM   #6
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I have been buying tires from Discount Tires in Arizona for many years. Good prices and great service. Here is a map showing their locations.
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The salesman told me that I would get better gas mileage with the $95 top of the line battery. I said that I didn't think so.
I think I would have strung him along, then waited till a manager walked within earshot.
That's when I would have called the salesman an idiot.
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I have been buying tires from Discount Tires in Arizona for many years. Good prices and great service. Here is a map showing their locations.
Thanks for the map Richard. It's nice to see DISCOUNT is here in VA as well now that I need replacements for my TV factory tires. I'll do a little cost comparing here.
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Old 03-16-2007, 01:16 PM   #9
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I'll have to go talk to the Discount Tire here in Kirkland. We've used Les Schwab for the last dozen years or more and been extremely satisfied with the quality of tire (Toyo) and the service. They're one of the few business left that really stand behind their work and the product they sell. The motto "If I can't guarantee it, I won't sell it" is more than just hype. However, in multiple attempts at different stores I've been unable to get a satisfactory answer on trailer tires. Different stores want to sell me different tires; none of which I've heard of. The closest thing to a brand name tire quoted is NanKang. These don't fill me with confidence and since they're special order it will be impossible to replace one if/when I have a problem while on a trip.

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I have been buying my TV 10 plys (Michilin X) at Sam's Club for the last fifteen years. I have always found their personnel competent and professional. They mount and inflate the tires properly. They provide free rotation for the life of the tires at any of their locations nationwide. I purchased a new set of Michilins about three weeks ago. Everything went perfectly and they were done in less than thirty minutes.
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I went to Sears to get a battery for my tow vehicle. ( Maybe I am an idiot)
The salesman told me that I would get better gas mileage with the $95 top of the line battery. I said that I didn't think so. Then he said I would loose
performance with a cheaper battery.
Of course your mileage would be better. You'd be hauling less weight in your wallet!
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Old 03-16-2007, 06:52 PM   #12
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Just a FYI sears does not manufacture batteries they just put there name on them there are only a couple manufactures a company called Johnson Controls is a large company and they make Interstate Batteries...
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Discount tires...

Bernie - last time I went to the Kirkland store, they have me excellent service on the purchase of rims for the Arogsy - they even went the extra mile to find lug BOLTS (not nuts) that were grade 8 and long enough for the rims. Apparently, they're hard to find. Great service from them for all my cars too. I don't remember them carrying Goodyears, though. They had Roadmaster or some other off brand at the time.

However, I actually got the best prices on my Goodyear Marathons from the Goodyear store in Redmond (sort of behind the big QFC).
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Thanks for the feedback on Discount Tire in Kirkland. After doing some digging I found that Nankang brands their tires things like Milestar, Freestar and such. Good chance they the "house tire". They also (if you believe the website) are a Carlyle and Goodyear dealer. It looks like Carlyle may also be private labled from Nankang. Could do worse than a Tawain tire; they actually look pretty decent. Discount is also supposedly a Maxis and Bridgestone dealer. It will be interesting to see what story I get in person vs. the website.

And thanks for the reviews everybody. Good service and a Nation wide network may tip the balance toward Discount Tire since Les Schwab seems to be striking out with respect to trailer tire knowledge.

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