Went to dealer today to get my 7,500 mike service. Part of the service was to rotate tires. I noticed upon completion that there were several minor scuffs/ scratches around the lug nut holes on the rim apparently from the air wrench. I pointed this out and tech said this cannot be prevent because of the vibration of the wrench.
The tech is sort of correct, when using an impact gun you hammer down on it and for a bit the lug nut doesn't move, then it lets go and VERY QUICKLY spins up, often imbalanced. Also, every once in a while you find a car that the lug nuts are unusually loose and it doesn't even have that not moving period, it just goes right to full throttle. Add to that the thin Honda paint, and this is all too common. It can be prevented by going slower(about 3 times slower) and putting your hand on the very edge of the socket. OR you could use hand tools....(DIY)
For some reason I was under the impression that a plastic sleeve was used to prevent this. The dealer said they never heard of such a thing. Has this ever happened to any one here? Would it bother you? I am very picky about keeping my rims in the best shape possible. Thanks
YOU WOULD THINK???!! RIGHT? But they don't! There is NOTHING in place in a tire shop designed to NOT cause damage to rims, other than some rubber on the bead breaker, and likely some felt on the sides of the air-up cage. Air wrench sockets? Nope, just SOLID metal. Tire irons? Nope, just SOLID metal. The air lift on the balancer machine(for HEAVY wheels)? Nope, just SOLID METAL. Other stuff, such as the handles of the screw used to hold wheels tight to the balancing machine? Nope, just SOLID metal. That last two examples aren't even wear items or space-limited items, why WOULDN'T they pad them down? Because they don't care. Our equipment manufacturers just don't care.
Ultimately, the only way to guarantee your rims won't get damaged is to rotate the wheels yourself. Need other stuff done to them? Bring in the wheels alone, eliminating the possibility(as most likely kind of damage) of the tech damaging the wheels while taking them on and off.
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When I was little girl in Russia...
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