So, a great ending to a good story… I finally got the new tires on the truck. It has been a long and perilous journey through snow, wind, rain and sun.
Yes, I had trouble getting traction in all elements… The interesting thing is, the truck runs great! I didn’t realize that nearly bald tires did not make for a smooth ride. I am not sure if it is the balancing or the additional weight on the outside of the tire providing addional rotational inertia… Well, nevermind that, I am sure no one cares about that much science! But, something is different. It rides like a dream and I will be keeping a close eye on the fuel mileage to see if it helps save me some gas! We all can use a little more gas now and then. I would also like to thank Rural King of Ohio (R) for expertly installing my tires for me.
I was very tempted to try and install them myself. In fact, I looked up a couple of websites that discussed self installation of tires, however, when it got to the balancing I was a little worried. You see, I am somewhat of an engineer. I understand what a little bit of imbalance can do to something that is spinning at the speeds that tires spin going down the highway. I suppose if it were a tractor or something that was spinning slower, I may have done it.
Luckily, the Rural King (R) is right up the road from my work. I also am in training for a marathon, so I drove to Rural King (R), dropped off the truck and walked back to work during my lunch hour. On the way back to Rural King (R) to pick up my truck, I saw some interesting things.
For one, I had to walk in the grass to avoid the Amish horse and buggy that was bearing down on me. In our neck of the woods, it is common to pass them in a car, but I think this is the first time I had one pass me. I also stepped over a turtle that had been run over. I would post a picture of that also, but I don’t think that would be good to do. “You will be missed little guy… You will be missed.”
Tires are on; I took the long way back home to test them and all is well!
Thanks to everyone involved!
Tom Davis at Wooster RE/MAX Showcase for the referral to the tire guy
Neal, the tire guy! We really appreciate it!
Rural King (R) – I still think $15 per tire is a little steep, but good job!