Well, I almost have the mechanical work done on my car. The next step is
the body work. I need to get her painted, a couple rust spots cleaned up,
and a couple dings taken out. Anyone have any recomendations for body shops
in the Manchester, NH area? Quality is of the utmost concern, however cost
does become a factor. I had stopped by a shop on Saturday, and was told
around $2200. I have no experience with having a car painted, so if I would
also appreciate some guestimates on what kind of price I'm looking at from
the group. Since I was lead to believe it makes a difference, the car is
Thank you in advance.
91 Audi 200TQ
96 Chevy K1500
If you know, what's a decent place to have 17-inch custom wheels
on an A4 balanced in the same area? Sullivan Tire just can't get
them right (after three tries). Of course, if nothing else is
available, I'll be dropping it off at the dealer...
I visited them before I went to Sullivan Tire, and their quote was about
$100 more, so I decided to save some money... You know, penny wise...
I didn't have to pay extra to Sullivan for additional balancing, but the
problem is, the car is still shaking at speeds above 60... And they say
they've done all they can... Three times...
I'll stop by Town Fair Tire this Saturday, on my way to Home Depot :-)
I wonder how much they charge for just balancing the wheels.
Oh, for others who read this, Town Fair Tire rotates wheels for free.
Hey, whaddya know, Sullivan Tire is listed among the proud owners and
operators of that machine. Doesn't seem like it helped...
For the last visit to their shop I was asked to bring my car on Saturday
at 8 a.m. when their "specialist for the road force machine" would be
available. I did (that was a week ago). They took about two and a half
hours to "make sure everything is fine". They even took the car on a road
test (supposedly), before and after the procedure. So? Yes, most of the
enormous vibration was gone, but some still remains.
My suspicion is this: a machine is only as good as the operator working
with it and the tuning procedures applied to it before use. If you
give even the finest machine out there to a moron, he will unlikely be
able to balance his hat on his head. If you bring the most talented
mechanic to work on a machine with unknown precision and/or out of wack,
he won't be able to do much (not in two hours, anyway).
I am not sure I should try every shop in the area that has this machine
to see if they know what buttons to press or to see if they maintain it
in a workable state. It's just too damn expensive to try to find a shop
capable of doing what I need by going from door to door...
Still, thanks for the information.
That's another possibility :)
Ask the shop with the hunter for the printouts from your balancing - it
*should* show before/after for each time. I forget the exact amount of
'lbs force' (10?) that Tireack required for a replacement. If one tire
out of the four seem much worse than the others, see if the place you
purchased them from will replace it.
Dave Lugo firstname.lastname@example.org LC Unit #260 TINLC
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