Two Sets of Tires, Steering wheel Wobble/Shake?
Ok, first and foremost: I apologize for the long post. I'll try to keep it short and sweet.
Alright, so back in February I had Town Fair Tire replace the Conticraps that were on the car and due to be replaced. These were the original pair that the car shipped with. I wanted to put on some B.F. Goodrich Advantage T/A's but was talked into spending less by both my father and the head salesman. Ok, so I bit and put on a set of what seems to be a house-brand Doral SDL 60. They performed fairly well for $81 bucks a tire however they were noisy and had a slight shake/wobble from the get-go.
After 2k miles, I had enough of it and had some time so I brought it in and had them re-balance. It helped a little bit, but was still there. I should note that it starts around 45-50. So, two weeks later (last week) I went back and they rebalanced them one more time. The service manager came out and said that I was all set. I asked, "it's fixed?" He said, "Yes, we put the best balanced ones on the front." I said "whoah whoah what do you mean best balanced? They all should be Zero-ed out!" He gave me some bull**** answer of "well with this particular wheel and tire combination blah blah blah" I told them I would take it for a drive and that I would be back. Took it for a short drive on I-91 and it was better but STILL THERE!
So I was a little upset but not showing it, I went back and they offered to put on new tires. I said yes, he suggested that I try a set of Mastercraft MC-440's, on all 4 corners for no extra charge. I said, what the hell why not its not costing anything but a half hour of my time. Well I took it out and I can still feel a shimmy-shake-wobble.
I have been told by three different shops/Ford dealers (including Town Fair when they did the 4 wheel alignment with the Dorals in February) that the front end in my car is tight, nothing should be causing the wobble but the wheels or tires. What are the chances that I would get two bad sets of tires in a row? Could something else be wrong, say perhaps within the steering column or joints or something? (I don't know much about the steering). I'm at a loss. It's doubtful that it is a bent rim because you would think they would mention it to me when they had the tires off TWICE to alleviate the issue on the spot, and I haven't nailed any curbs or big potholes...? Do I put a better set on like the BFG's or Yokos or Michelins? I don't remember if it did this on the Contis, I think it did around 80ish but I really can't recall. It may have, but those tires were worn and not rotated well.
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