I posted sometime back on how Superblue was having “wheel shakes” at around 50 MPH of late, and a couple of members jumped on it as a wheel having become unbalanced. Yesterday, my tech bud indeed found in our parking lot a strip of 3 weights + 1 (= 1 oz. total), still attached to the adhesive tape that was used to adhere them to my rim. That matches an “empty” spot on the rim of my right front wheel. I remember now that was the wheel I had a flat on about a month or two ago in my parking lot one a.m… I reinflated it with my inflator and got her to a tire repair place a few miles down the road from me to get patched up. I guess when she went flat that caused the balance weight to let loose (?)
Anyway, I was stunned to see they are putting weights on with just adhesive tape now (?) This was at a national tire shop chain where I bought my set of tires a couple of years ago. Seems like when I was younger tire installers used a tack hammer to hammer them somehow to the rim. I then got to checking the Jag lit and see that Jag actually has their own wheel weights that have a little piece (“ear”?) attached as part of the weight that curves over the edge of the rim, presumably then squeezed with a pair of pliers to lock them onto that spot of the wheel.
So have tire places pretty much cheaped out now these days and they are all using tape for the weights, or just the chain shop I used? I just don’t see how they can expect adhesive to hold the weights on, given how fast the wheels spin, the road bumps they encounter, car washers and their brushes, wheel cleaning chemicals, etc.