Well, I went to Town Fair yesterday(Weds) the day after rotation to explain
this. I showed them all the receipts, and told them I think they replaced
the wrong rim(a good one, which they discarded at the time of the work bac
k in March) and left the bad on on the car!
The asst. mgr insisted that was impossible, and that Kia dealership probabl
y screwed up. I told him that could not be, because I returned and refunde
d the incorrect rim town fair sold me, leaving me with three rims. So I we
nt to Kia with the TEMP on that corner, which they replaced with the proper
The Town Fair manager said they owed me nothing for a rim, insisting that o
nly TIRES(not rims) were moved around in february when I got two new ones(t
he best of my olds were moved to the front and the new ones mounted on rear
axle). The bad rim, which was diagnosed and shown to me last summer, was
moved to the back axle at that time to minimize vibration.
In February, that tire - and rim - were moved to the front as one of my "be
st"s, and the new tires - with one incorrectly ordered by town fair rim - w
ent on the rear.
That is why, on Tuesday, the wiggly steering wheel went away when they did
Yesterday the asst mgr offered me a free balancing on the rears, to "prove"
there were no bad rims on the car. The right rear(the bad one all along
) took 2.75grams of weights to zero out, the left, 2.25. I told him I wan
ted to see the numbers on the machine as his tech did it, and he read the r
iot act about customers not allowed in the bay for "safety" reasons. I ins
isted, and he acquiesced a bit - allowing me to stand at the rear of my car
, where I could still see the rim move and the display panel. The rear wh
eels were both balanced and went back on their exact same locations.
After this balance, At over 60mph, the steering wheel no longer shimmies, b
ut I now feel a strong pounding vibration through my seat and the floor at
progressively higher speeds - AFTER yesterday's balancing.
Now what?? I'll drive it for a few day to see if the wheels just need to w
ork in to their new locations and balances.