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Old 01-02-2019, 07:51 PM   #1
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Chevy stock steelies, balancing weights

Greetings. I searched for wheels, wheels and tires, tire balancing. Hits were coming in every forum. Sorry.

So. My NTM, 2011 Express 1500 cargo with stock steel painted rims have no weights on the outside. I can see the dirt mark(s) where they were.

I have not looked on the inside of the rim yet. I'll do that tomorrow.

Does anyone know if there is an issue with the lead weights that hammer onto the outer lip of the rim flying off?

The tires are toast. I'm scheduled for five new tires early next week along with an alignment check. Just curious. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:20 PM   #2
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I'll have a look at mine tomorrow. My front tires were cupped when I bought the van.
First on the agenda was rotation, balance, and alignment. That got rid of all sorts of issues. Vibration at speed and heavy down hill breaking. The van handles quite well now. I am amazed at how well the big girl drives.
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Old 01-02-2019, 09:20 PM   #3
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That’s great.
This van runs and drives well. Strange that there are no wheel weights.
The aluminum wheels on my long gone Westy required stick ons. The Ford Explorer we have uses stick ons.
I’ll ask the tire shop when I head there next week if they know of any issue.
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I have standard issue hammer on lead weights on my rims.
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Old 01-03-2019, 02:13 PM   #5
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Cool. Thanks.

The rims have weights on the inboard side.

I looked at a few vans on CL. Ironically, some had, some not. Why the weights are missing on this van? Dunno.

But I feel certain that the hammer on type is what's required.
Sometimes the rims lip doesn't allow for hammer ons but It looks to me that these will accept.

Its my first GM product. Help a guy out
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Old 01-04-2019, 04:42 AM   #6
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Once upon a time better tire mounters would find the tire's heavy spot and the same on the wheel then mount the tire so it was more balanced than just slapping it all together and adding weights to get the best readings. It was and remains a simple process yet time is more important than quality installation these days.

Despite most tires do arrive with some indication where the heavy spot is its just not something paid too much attention currently. Mind you this is just my experience and haven't had too many problems with hard-to-balance stock size Michelin E-Rated all season tires.

Missing weights on the outside and the footprints of where others had been installed (and probably since removed) could be just how that tire and wheel combination balanced when assembled.
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Yes. Thanks. I concur.
I'm pretty adamant about the red and yellow dots. Its all we have to got with. Some tires don't even have markings.
It bends me when the tire clerk says they don't matter. I usually ask to see the tires before I hand them the keys so I can look myself for any indication.
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