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Old 08-21-2017, 08:59 PM   #1
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Want to trust them, but...

I have had my truck serviced several times at the dealership (oil changes) which include tire pressure checks, and recently had it in for a wheel alignment because my front tires were looking like they were wearing on the outside. Also had my RW serviced several times (wheel bearings repacked) and had always asked them to check tire pressures. I recently purchased a TPMS (TST 507) and when I checked my tires:
All my truck tires were at 40 pounds . Front should be 70, and rear 65. OK, I don't claim to be a mechanic, but when the front tires are not wearing right wouldn't you check the tire pressure along with doing an alignment?
My RW tires were at 80, and should have been at 110.
So, when you pay for a service you want to trust that they will do what they said they would do, but here is an example of them not. Fortunately nothing happened during my last trip.
So, note to self....don't assume they are checking tire pressures when you ask them to. I will from now on, regardless if any of my vehicles has been recently serviced, will always check my own tire pressures. That will be a little easier now that I have a TPMS.
Thought I should post this in the event there are other trusting souls out there.
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:09 PM   #2
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After the alignment did you rotate the tires? If not I'd highly recommend doing so. The fronts on your truck will wear a bit on the edges due to turning so I have mine rotated to the rear every 6-8k miles, so far so good.
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:35 PM   #3
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Very simple, they didn't bother to check the Door Jam or the Sticker on the Front corner of the RW for correct pressuers.
They just set the TV tire pressures to the normal pressure for the typical Grocery getter, the RW pressure to the normal 80 psi for "E" rated tires that come on a majority of Weekender 5th Wheels.
I would make sure both the Service Manager and the Owner were made aware of these issues and that your business was going else where.
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Old 08-22-2017, 01:06 PM   #4
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Tires should always be aired to the specific load on the tire. If you don't know your weights, you can't air the tire properly. Weighing your rig is one of the most important things you can do; not only from a safety perspective but for extending system life as well.
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Old 08-22-2017, 01:44 PM   #5
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After the alignment did you rotate the tires? If not I'd highly recommend doing so. The fronts on your truck will wear a bit on the edges due to turning so I have mine rotated to the rear every 6-8k miles, so far so good.
Thanks Travelin Texans,
But I have a dually, and rotating tires is not something easily done. Any ways, now that the tires are inflated to were they should be, I believe I will be getting better wear.
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Very simple, they didn't bother to check the Door Jam or the Sticker on the Front corner of the RW for correct pressuers.
They just set the TV tire pressures to the normal pressure for the typical Grocery getter, the RW pressure to the normal 80 psi for "E" rated tires that come on a majority of Weekender 5th Wheels.
I would make sure both the Service Manager and the Owner were made aware of these issues and that your business was going else where.
I did email both service centers. I got a quick reply back from the RV service center, but yet to hear back from the truck service center
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Last month we picked up a nail in our RW tire on the way to Colorado, and stopped in at Discount Tire in Roswell to have it fixed. The guys there were very courteous and efficient and had us on the road again in one hour, and they didn't charge us a cent for the repair job. However, they were only able to fill the tire to 90 pounds because that was as high as their compressor would go. Our H-rated tires are supposed to be filled to 125, so I tried to "top off" the tire with my Ryobi battery-powered compressor. Unfortunately the compressor blew apart at 95 pounds, and the tire leaked back to 85 psi before I got it disconnected. We drove the rest of the trip with the tire under-inflated.

My point is that dealers/shops may not have the ability to fill tires beyond 80-90 pounds, but they darned sure should let you know that, the way the Discount guys did with us.

FYI, to prevent that from happening again I've started carrying one of my scuba cylinders in the basement. It holds 117 cubic feet of air jammed to 3200 psi. The first stage regulator cuts the pressure down to about 140 psi, just right for those H-rated Goodyears.
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Thanks Travelin Texans,
But I have a dually, and rotating tires is not something easily done. Any ways, now that the tires are inflated to were they should be, I believe I will be getting better wear.
Correct...rotating duals is a challenge, but it should still be done just like any other vehicle.
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Old 08-23-2017, 12:55 AM   #9
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Rotating is a good thought but I gave up years ago on the pickup and also my 4500 work trucks. Can't swap the front to rear rims so would have to dismount and remount the tires. I just know that every 30,000-35,000 I will be putting front tires on the trucks.

I carry this in the RW now and good for 200psi.

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Same as Steve only I took it one step further. I treat the Dually like a semi. Steer and drive tires. It's important that the drive duallies are matched for wear so I leave them alone and every oil change switch the front tires side to side .. I also run different brands front to rear.

Truck handles and rides fantastic and wear patterns are good.
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