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Mechanic balanced my tires, now steering wheel is stiff?

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Mechanic balanced my tires, now steering wheel is stiff?

Hi,

I had told the mechanic to balance the tires, and after I got the car back, I noticed that the steering wheel is stiff and not as smooth as it was before the balancing.

What could be the issue here?
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awaisuk wrote: I had told the mechanic to balance the tires, and after I got the car back, I noticed that the handle is stiff and not as smooth as it was before the balancing.

What could be the issue here?

I assume you mean handling, not the driver's side door handle. Either way, I wouldn't expect tire balancing to affect the matter in question.
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I meant to say steering wheel is very stiff now.
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If you have a newer car, check if you can adjust the steering from comfort to sports for example. Maybe that's all it needs to switch back to comfort mode. I do like the more heavier and stiff sports mode.
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The only thing he could do that would affect your steering is under inflate the tires, that would make it feel like it was a bit heavier. Check your tire pressure and make sure it's the recommended. If it is, maybe you had them over inflated before.
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peteryorkuca wrote: If you have a newer car, check if you can adjust the steering from comfort to sports for example. Maybe that's all it needs to switch back to comfort mode. I do like the more heavier and stiff sports mode.
Jesus, new cars have this stupid "feature" now??
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MusicBox wrote: Jesus, new cars have this stupid "feature" now??
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engineered wrote: The only thing he could do that would affect your steering is under inflate the tires, that would make it feel like it was a bit heavier. Check your tire pressure and make sure it's the recommended. If it is, maybe you had them over inflated before.
I checked the tires, and the tire pressure were low....so that might be it! Thanks!
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One time I got my car back after having new tires installed and they were filled to 42 psi. Do these monkeys not even read the tire pressure sticker on the door jamb?
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isnt tire pressure dpendent on the stock tires/rims? say my stock is 15inch rims with 195/xx stock tires...and i put aftermarket rims 17inchs and tires of different size? anyways i like to put in more air into the tires... = better fuel but worse handling right
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mikka2017 wrote: isnt tire pressure dpendent on the stock tires/rims? say my stock is 15inch rims with 195/xx stock tires...and i put aftermarket rims 17inchs and tires of different size? anyways i like to put in more air into the tires... = better fuel but worse handling right
Wrong. Tire pressure are part and parcel of your suspension system these days. The proper pressures are on the label on the door post. Pressures should remain the same regardless what tires you put on the car. If you put on larger rims, all you will do is mess up your speedometer.
The wheel and tire diameter needs to remain the same in order for your speedometer to red properly. Steering should be the same unless your tire starts rubbing. If you are going from a 15 inch wheel to a 17 inch wheel then your tires need to be lower profile.
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mrweather wrote: One time I got my car back after having new tires installed and they were filled to 42 psi. Do these monkeys not even read the tire pressure sticker on the door jamb?
Someone else can confirm or dispel, but I recall reading that installers will overinflate newly installed tires so they seal better on the rim.
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morpheus_1987 wrote: Someone else can confirm or dispel, but I recall reading that installers will overinflate newly installed tires so they seal better on the rim.
When installing a tire on a rim, you do overinflated the tire to seat the tire bead to the rim but, you are supposed to set the pressures according to the suggested pressures on the door placard.

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