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Old 06-26-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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Balance weight fell off tire

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We are about 500 miles from home and noticed that one of the balance weights on our new Michelin LT tires has come off and is gone. Is it okay to drive home or should we remove the tire and take it to a local tire shop to be balanced? Just looking for some advice ... Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:13 PM   #2
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Howdy!

I would have it balanced if at all possible.
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:29 PM   #3
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Just bring the whole thing to the tire shop and have it done. No harm in doing that. Unless you are camping and you see fit to remove the tire and bring it there.
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:34 PM   #4
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Do you have Centramatics? If you do, you should be OK; but I'd eventually have it rebalanced one of these days, at your convenience.

If you don't have Centramatics, it depends on how big/heavy the weight was and how fast you drive. Personally, if it was a relatively small weight (look at the outline in the dirt or finish on your wheel), I'd limit speed to 55 mph and have the wheel/tire rebalanced when I got home.

If it's a big weight (longer than 1 to 2 inches), it's up to you to decide. It might be OK to get home; but I definitely wouldn't drive over 55 mph -- 45 is even better, especially if there's a slower, scenic route home. However, I personally would get it rebalanced in the next big town.

Hopefully, being a Michelin tire, the weight is one of the little ones (0.5-1.0 ounce), in which case, just don't drive 65-75 on it (unless you have Centramatics).

I'd watch it in the rear view mirror, to see if you can see the wheel bouncing. If it is, definitely slow down to a speed where the wheel stays on the road. Visible wheel hop would indicate a severe out-of-balance condition, which isn't good.

If you are concerned, you could just switch to the spare tire until you get home.

Good luck!
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Since they are brand new, I would safeside and get it rebalanced pronto. (Am wondering if whoever balanced the wheels/tires may not have fastened it properly in the first place!)
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:46 AM   #6
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Why not use your spare? Then you can go on home and have your tire balanced at your leisure.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:36 AM   #7
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Do you have Centramatics? If you do, you should be OK; but I'd eventually have it rebalanced one of these days, at your convenience.

If you don't have Centramatics, it depends on how big/heavy the weight was and how fast you drive. Personally, if it was a relatively small weight (look at the outline in the dirt or finish on your wheel), I'd limit speed to 55 mph and have the wheel/tire rebalanced when I got home.

If it's a big weight (longer than 1 to 2 inches), it's up to you to decide. It might be OK to get home; but I definitely wouldn't drive over 55 mph -- 45 is even better, especially if there's a slower, scenic route home. However, I personally would get it rebalanced in the next big town.

Hopefully, being a Michelin tire, the weight is one of the little ones (0.5-1.0 ounce), in which case, just don't drive 65-75 on it (unless you have Centramatics).

I'd watch it in the rear view mirror, to see if you can see the wheel bouncing. If it is, definitely slow down to a speed where the wheel stays on the road. Visible wheel hop would indicate a severe out-of-balance condition, which isn't good.

If you are concerned, you could just switch to the spare tire until you get home.

Good luck!
Hi, Phoenix said it pretty much exactly the way I would have. Little weight, don't be too concerned until you find a shop or get home; Large weight, get it done at your earliest convenience. And if you haven't already, buy a set of Centramatics.
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Thank you all so much for your help; I love these forums! Anyway, since we're at a nice, level campsite with a concrete pad and only 20 minutes from a decent-sized town, my husband decided to take the tire in to be balanced. He did put on the spare in the meantime, but didn't want to travel with it because ... Well, it has an ugly steel rim and after all, this is an Airstream, and we can't have that - lol! I felt we should just take care of it at home and take the scenic route (I hate going through Atlanta!), but he contends that this was a good exercise in changing a tire (we're still relative Newbies) in case we ever have to do it again. And that's a good point. But again, thanks to all. Carol
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Buy a set of Centramarics and don't worry again.
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Newbie. What are centramatrics
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