Okay guys i'm having a front-end shake on my 06 2wd with 14k. It's like a tire is out of balance but it's doing with two sets of rims/tire, stock and the cragars with 31x10.5. It's worse with the bigger wheels but those were balanced when I bought them (used). I rotated the bigger tires better but not much. It's shaking around the 65-70 mark. I noticed two things while pondering the problem today. The grease cap on the front drivers side appears to be leaking, the passenger side is dry. And if look at the tires straight down on both sides they appear to out of alignment - like a "V" with the closed point pointing towards the rear. It doesn't pull though but it did at around the 5-10k mark.
What do you guys think? Take it to the dealer or should I try to have the tires rebalanced? If I didn't have the same problems with two sets it would be a easier decision. If I take to the dealer should I put the stockers on?
also the alignment seems ok with the v look. Its for braking and traction. There is a reason . But the vibration at 65-70 might be the wrong balance. If the machines settings are off then the rims specs will be off too. And usualy 60 mph is a weight. but if not check the dealership. Still under waranty.
I do our oil changes every 7500 or 6 months. I've been doing rotating the Ranger and both on the Escape at that time. We have the wally world plan on the Escape but not the Ranger hence no balancing yet. I'm debating if it should be done earlier. The Escapes original conti's have 55k and still half the tread.. the Ranger's won't last that long though.
Over the years one of worse things to happen to a tire is internal seperation. It doesn't happen as often now. We would balance a tire up perfect and the customer would come back and complain. We would balance again and find a change was needed. Finally we learned about seperation and it basically is a bubble of air between the layers. The bubble moves over time and/or gets larger so the balance changes. The only way to correct is a new tire. This happened a lot to Firestone 721s back in the 70s.
Other than bad balance. Wouldn't the bubble in the layers be extremely dangerous? Something along the lines of the Firestone Wilderness A/T's and the explorers? Belt seperation, or bubble, I would think they would pose the same problems?