About a year ago I was having a horrible time with my alignment. I took my car to 3 or 4 places before a Chevrolet dealership fixed it (I was frustrated and told them I didn’t care how they had to fix it, just get it done).
Fast forward to 2 months ago, my car was driving alright, but I noticed one rear tire was losing air. I took my car into the same Chevrolet dealership to have it looked at; I also needed a tire rotation. I left the dealership with a plugged tire and a rotation. I then realized that my steering wheel was shaking at around 60mph. Thinking the rotation did something to my car, I took it back to have the tires put back to where they originally were. This didn’t help.
I then took my car to a small-town tire shop. They balanced the tires and said it was perfect. No. This didn’t help.
I then took my car to Midas. They painted some lines on my tires and rims and told me that my tires were slipping on the rims, but that there wasn’t anything they could do for it.
I then took the car back to the dealership and they kept it for 2 days. They did not find anything wrong, other than the balance, which they supposedly corrected. However, they did say that my after-market rims did not fit snugly on the hub. They sent me home with a car that shakes violently at 60mph.
I then make an appointment at another small-town tire shop. They had my car for a day, balanced what they said to be my way-out-of-balance tires. They said it was perfect and to come and get it. This didn’t help! They then suggested a hub-centric ring (around $8 ea.) for each wheel. This is supposed to help make sure the rim fits nicely on the wheel hub. They installed these rings and I left. I discovered the next day that my car drives worse than it did when the problem originally started.
A lot of time and money is being wasted on what it seems should be an easy fix.