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Old 11-08-2009, 06:57 PM
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Wal Mart Good Place for tires?

My 89 F150 is going to get a new set of shoes this week. 31/10.5/15 of some sort. Prices there are good. They install with an air gun and then check with a torque wrench. Just had brake job with new rotors. Brake guy warned me not to over tighten the lugs so the rotors would not warp. Opinions?
 
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Old 11-08-2009, 08:37 PM
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I don't know about Wal Mart, but I've had good luck with Sams Club in the past. Never had a tire fall off when I was going down the road. If their warranties are the same, you'll never pay for any tire service beyond purchase and installation price. Balancing, rotations, hole repairs, etc- it's all covered. The bad thing is that the warranty is only good for the vehicle you install the tires on and it's not transferrable, plus you're not allowed to touch the tires. You can't do any repair work yourself- not even plug them, otherwise the warranty is void.
 
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Old 11-08-2009, 09:09 PM
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You can get away with tires OK at wally world.................But I wouldn't push my luck with their "other" automotive services........too many horror stories out there.
 
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Old 11-08-2009, 09:48 PM
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I've heard several of those horror stories, & was involved in one. I was riding with a friend right after he got new tires put on at Walmart & one of the tires came off while we driving. Luckily we weren't going very fast, but it still damaged the truck. We checked the lug nuts on the other wheels & several were hand-tight.
 
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:51 PM
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I don't trust any of those tire places. Whenever I take any of my rigs in for tire work, I always bring my torque wrench with me when I pick it up. Few, if any use a torque wrench after installing tires, and trust that those "flex-torque" Impact drivers are accurate.
 
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This has recently been discussed here.

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/8...art-tires.html
 
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I went to Wally World for tires once and I promise it will be the last.
 
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:10 PM
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First H#LL NO the price might be cheaper but thats all thier service sucks !I like everyone else has a horror story about them!! Mine is sitting in the waiting room for TWO hours after I paid my money and the employee's started bringing thier cars in to work on finally one of thie Tecs asked me what I was waiting on and I told him he said didnt they tell you?they had sold me the wrong tire and they had turned it down!So after going thru two managers I was finaly told they would give me a $20 gift card to make it better !Man I hate that place Sorry My opinion is to find a good independant that will be there for you !!!
 
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:23 PM
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My experience is pretty much the opposite. Bought two tires for The Beast there & had the other two moved. They did put them on with the air wrench, but then went back & checked them with a torque wrench. Then somebody came along behind the first guy & double checked them with another torque wrench. Old Rusty didn't turn out quite as well. They couldn't bust the lug nuts loose on one side so they just mounted & balanced the second tire on the rim & sent me on my way. they were scared of busting the studs off.
 

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Discount Tire usually can beat Walmart on tires, and they are better quality tires than Walmart. These are also people that deal with tires everyday, so they know what they are doing...you won't get the kid that worked the Garden Center yesterday installing your tires and over torquing your lug nuts.
 
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been in the business for 15 years and have never heard the " over tight lugs warp rotors" thing before.rofl. rotors come out of the box warped. even the really expensive ones are warped slightly, just cant feel it on most.
 
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My comment had nothing to do with the warped rotors. Ever ruin a Mercedes alloy wheel having to deal with over torqued wheel bolts? I have, and had to replace 2 very costly rims.
 
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hold on there jp. i was not referring to your post. the OP said his mechanic said he could warp rotors with the lugs being too tight.
 
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hold on there jp. i was not referring to your post. the OP said his mechanic said he could warp rotors with the lugs being too tight.
My mistake...

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i've had a set of uniroyal tiger paw GTS on my 84 since june of last year. P255/70R15's. great factory replacement, or for street tires. they were quick with the install, and were done within a few hours from when i dropped it off. i'm actually looking at the Goodyear Duratrac from walmart now. HAH!
 

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